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What is immediate post-mastectomy autologous tissue breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Immediate post-mastectomy autologous tissue breast reconstruction is associated with creating a new breast with the patient's own tissue taken from different parts of the body. After the mastectomy, either a pedicled flap (still connected to the original body region) with intact vessels, or a free flap with vessels detached is used to reconstruct the defect. The most common pedicled flaps are the Latissimus Dorsi flap from the back muscle and skin paddle and the TRAM flap, which is similar to an abdominoplasty segment of tissue transferred up to the breast defect. 

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