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Advanced procedure for microsurgical breast reconstruction offered at Baptist Health hospitals

October 16, 2017

Dr. Buckley had the initial reconstructive surgery, then returned 12 weeks later for nipple reconstruction, and next had a final procedure to tattoo the nipple and areola color.

???It was a fabulous option for me,??? she said. ???I had my chemotherapy first, and I could feel my cancer melting away. Then I went into the hospital with breasts, and I left the hospital with breasts. There was a finite end to my cancer. And I have these fabulous ta-tas now that are as real as they can be.???

Buckley later visited a special bra store in Atlanta that had been featured on the ???Oprah??? show, where the sales staff told her that she had received some of the best reconstructive surgery they had ever seen.

The success rate of DIEP flap breast reconstruction is greater than 95 percent. Most private insurance companies cover the procedure.

???Patients from our area may be traveling to other regions of the country for the DIEP flap procedure because they don??t know it is available here,??? Dr. Desai said.