DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) is a technique of microsurgery that was developed in 1994 and which has revolutionized surgery for breast reconstruction to let us get very natural results in color, touch and evolution in time of the breast. At this moment, it is the most advanced technique in this field.
At the time of making this intervention of plastic surgery, skin and fat from the abdomen are used. It is not necessary any muscle nor implant foreign materials (mammary prothesis). The objective of the surgeon when it develops this interventions is to shape in the patient a new chest as close as its natural breast.
This reconstructions does not interfere in the treatments given by the oncologist (either befor or after). Nor does it affect the subsequent controls after the overcoming of breast cancer. That is to say, in the case of tumor recurrence, reconstruction will not affect the early diagnosis if the exploratory mechanisms are properly carried out. Therefore, it is a breast reconstructions absolutely compatible and complementary to the oncological treatment, In fact, more oncologist recommend it because they recognize it only brings benefits to the patient.
The Microsurgical Reconstruction with Tissue from the Abdomen (DIEP) is, nowadays, the most used breast reconstruction technique in the hospital centers of prestige and can be applied to the majority of the patients with mastectomy.