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

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

Dr. Beth Collins practices plastic surgery. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Collins is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Collins is open to new patients. She attended medical school at 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, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Stefano Fusi, who practices in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Fusi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Fusi include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Before performing his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Fusi attended Sapienza University of Rome for medical school. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Fusi honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Fusi is open to 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 specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery and practices in New Haven, CT and Guilford, CT. His clinical interests include general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Thomson studied medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Montreal General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Thomson speaks French. He is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

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

Dr. Zeno Chicarilli is a physician who specializes in hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. Dr. Chicarilli's education and training includes medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chicarilli include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient reviews placed Dr. Chicarilli at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Chicarilli accepts Anthem, Health Net, ConnectiCare, and more. Dr. Chicarilli is conversant in Italian. Dr. Chicarilli is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chicarilli is accepting 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)

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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.