For women who lack sufficient fat in the abdomen, have body fat distributed in the lower body, or in whom previous abdominal surgery makes the DIEP flap impossible, tissue can be taken from the thigh area to create a PAP (Profunda Artery Perforator) flap. PAP flap surgery is an excellent alternative to implant reconstruction, as it affords the patient a highly natural look and feel, as well as improved quality of life.
What can I expect from my recovery?
PAP flap surgery is performed under general anesthesia and requires monitoring in the hospital for 48 to 72 hours after surgery. You may be fitted with drains to help remove excess fluids. Recovery on average lasts four to six weeks, although you may be asked to wear a compression garment for up to eight weeks. This helps to minimize swelling and keep your new breast shape intact. You will need to limit heavy lifting, sexual activity and strenuous sports until the doctor has cleared you to resume these activities.