Gluteal free flap is a less common type of breast reconstruction
surgery. The surgeon cuts a flap of muscle, fat, and skin from the buttocks and
moves it to the chest to create a new breast. The blood vessels are also cut.
After the flap is in place, the surgeon sews the blood vessels in the flap to
blood vessels in the chest area. This requires careful surgery using a
Gluteal free flap may be a good choice for thin women who don't have
enough belly tissue for DIEP or TRAM flap surgery. But the buttocks may be
uneven after surgery.
June 28, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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