We found 4 providers matching flap reconstruction and who accept United Healthcare near Guilford, CT.

Dr. Beth Ann Collins, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
2614 Boston Post Road; Suite 16c
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Beth Collins practices plastic surgery and general surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Collins is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Collins include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Collins is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is in-network for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients. Dr. Collins is a graduate of the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
5 Durham Road; Unit 1-4
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Stefano Fusi is a hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Fusi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Fusi is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Fusi attended medical school at Sapienza University of Rome. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fusi honors. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. James Grant Thomson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
111 Goose Lane
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. James Thomson's medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Thomson's areas of expertise include general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Montreal General Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks French. Dr. Thomson is professionally affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Wrist Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Wounds, Hemangiomas, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
5 Durham Road; Suite A1
Guilford, CT
 

Dr. Zeno Chicarilli's specialties are hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Zeno Chicarilli practices in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Chicarilli average 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chicarilli's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Chicarilli is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chicarilli is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Chicarilli is accepting new patients. Dr. Chicarilli attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete Dr. Chicarilli's residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Chicarilli speaks Italian.

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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)

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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.

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