In cases where a patient does not have sufficient donor tissue for abdominal autologous reconstruction, the TUG flap method is one of several effective alternatives. By utilizing tissues taken from the upper thigh, this procedure creates natural results that will restore your bust after a mastectomy.
Your TUG Flap Reconstruction Procedure
This procedure typically takes between three and four hours to complete and will be performed under general anesthesia. An incision will be made in the upper thigh, near the groin area, from which an oval section of tissues—skin, fat, and blood vessels—will be removed. This tissue flap will then be moved to the chest. Dr. Srinivasa will form it into a breast shape before using highly advanced microsurgery to re-attach the blood vessels.
You will have a scar left on your upper, inner thigh but it will be easily hidden by most clothing options. Dr. Srinivasa will ensure to tuck this scar into the natural fold at the top of the thigh whenever possible, to make it even less noticeable to the casual observer. Before your procedure, Dr. Srinivasa will discuss everything you might need to know, including incision placement and any other questions you may have.