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

Dr. Asa Morton specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Morton's clinical interests include lacrimal (tearing system) surgery, eye problems, and laser surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Morton graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp HealthCare. He is accepting 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 is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. His clinical interests include dermabrasion, botulinum toxin injection, and breast augmentation. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chao takes. Dr. Chao obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Chao (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Sign Language, and Spanish. Dr. Chao's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He is open to new patients.

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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 medical specialist in plastic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Umansky is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Umansky attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Umansky's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices plastic surgery. Dr. Samimi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, German, and French. Clinical interests for Dr. Samimi include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Düsseldorf Faculty of Medicine and the University of Utah School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. On average, patients gave Dr. Samimi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Samimi's practice 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 San Diego, CA physician who specializes in plastic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Apostolides include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Apostolides is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Apostolides is conversant in French. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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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 ratings for Dr. Breister-Ghosh average 4.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Breister-Ghosh studied medicine at 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.