diep flap

Team Approach to DIEP Flap Surgery

Because DIEP Flap surgery is a relatively complex procedure that involves incisions in multiple locations on the patient’s body, it is important to select a seasoned team with extensive microsurgical experience.  In addition to their unparalleled training in microsurgery and plastic surgery, Dr. Vickery and Dr. Keegan have worked in tandem for more than 15 years, and their cohesion as a surgical team helps to optimize their patients’ surgical outcomes.

Although DIEP Flap surgeries have an extremely high rate of success, the procedure does involve a small degree of risk.  DIEP Flap reconstructions require incisions in both the abdomen and breasts, and the surgery involves an intricate transfer of tiny blood vessels from the abdomen to the breast area.  The patient’s safety is maximized when two microsurgeons perform the surgery as a team, ensuring that the patient receives constant monitoring at both surgical sites.  This team approach minimizes complications such as blood loss and deep vein thrombosis, and reduces the amount of time spent in the operating room.

The most successful surgical teams have years of experience working together, helping to guarantee that their patients enjoy safe, durable surgical outcomes.  With 15 years of experience working in tandem on breast reconstruction surgeries, Drs. Vickery and Keegan are New York’s longest-tenured microsurgical team, and they are the only male-female surgical team specializing in breast reconstruction surgery.