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Dr. Asa Dan Morton III, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
3939 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Asa Morton is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Morton has a special interest in lacrimal (tearing system) surgery, eye problems, and laser surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. In addition to English, Dr. Morton speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Morton's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical Interests: Laser Surgery, Cosmetic Procedures, Lacrimal Surgery, Eye Problems

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 13
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,750
  • Medicare Cost: $884
Dr. James Jee-Ling Chao, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. James Chao works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in San Diego, CA, Encinitas, CA, and Temecula, CA. His clinical interests include dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chao attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center for residency. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Chao's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Injectable ... (Read more)

Dr. William Steven Umansky, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
299 Landis Avenue; Suite 102
Chula Vista, CA
 

Dr. William Umansky is a plastic surgeon. Dr. Umansky's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Umansky include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Umansky speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Umansky's office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Nose Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kian J Samimi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
711 4th Avenue; Suite 200
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Kian Samimi works as a plastic surgeon. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Samimi include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patients rated Dr. Samimi highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Samimi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Samimi is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. John George Apostolides, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1322 Scott Street; Suite 102
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. John Apostolides is a plastic surgery specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Apostolides's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Apostolides is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Apostolides's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser Resurfacing, ... (Read more)

Dr. Diana M Breister Ghosh, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2275 Rio Bonito Way; Suite 220
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Diana Breister-Ghosh is a plastic surgery specialist. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Breister-Ghosh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Breister-Ghosh is a graduate of New York Medical College.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, Endoscopic ... (Read more)

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What is Flap Reconstruction?

Flap reconstruction is a surgical procedure in which healthy tissue is taken (or harvested) from one area of the body, called a donor site, and then transferred to a damaged area, or recipient site. The most common types of tissue used in flap reconstruction are skin, muscle, and a combination of skin and muscle, called musculocutaneous tissue. Flaps are like grafts in that they both involve harvesting and transferring tissue, but they differ in one important way. Flaps are placed onto the recipient site with their own blood supply, whereas grafts are not.

Flaps are used to reconstruct large or deep wounds, as well repair physical deformities. For example, some nasal defects can be corrected using forehead flaps. Another common procedure that uses flaps is breast reconstruction, which is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast after mastectomy (breast removal). The ability to use musculocutaneous tissue makes flaps ideal for this type of reconstructive surgery. In addition, the included blood supply in flaps brings needed oxygen and nutrients to the recipient site, promoting healing.

During flap surgery, an enormous amount of attention needs to be paid to the blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). To retain the flap’s blood supply, the surgeon might form a pedicle, which is a bridge of tissue and blood vessels that connects the flap to the site it originates from. The flap is connected to its blood supply through this pedicle. It is removed only after the surgical team has made sure that the flap has healed enough to survive without it. This type of flap is called a pedicled flap.

Blood vessels may also be detached from the flap when it is harvested, and then reattached at the new location. Since the flap is not pedicled to its donor site, it is referred to as a free flap. To be able to connect blood vessels with accuracy, surgeons must use very tiny tools and special microscopes. For this reason, this type of flap reconstruction is also often called microvascular flap surgery. One advantage of free or microvascular flaps is that they are ideal for repairing larger areas, like an extensive wound or defect on the leg.

Depending on how involved your flap reconstruction is, you may have to stay in the hospital for several days after the procedure. It may take six to eight weeks for the incisions to heal, and a year or more for the scars to fully fade.