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' specialties are plastic surgery and general surgery. She graduated from the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Medicine & Medical Science. Clinical interests for Dr. Collins include dermabrasion, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Patients gave Dr. Collins an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Collins honors. She is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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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 surgeon and head and neck plastic surgeon in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Fusi has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Health Net are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fusi accepts. He obtained his medical school training at Sapienza University of Rome and performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Fusi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Fusi is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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. In addition to English, Dr. Thomson speaks French. Areas of expertise for Dr. Thomson include general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. After attending McGill University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Thomson completed his residency training at Montreal General Hospital. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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)

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

Dr. Zeno Chicarilli specializes in hand surgery and head & neck plastic surgery and practices in Guilford, CT and New Haven, CT. On average, patients gave Dr. Chicarilli a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Chicarilli's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Chicarilli honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Health Net, and ConnectiCare. Dr. Chicarilli obtained Dr. Chicarilli's medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed Dr. Chicarilli's residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard University. Dr. Chicarilli speaks Italian. Dr. Chicarilli is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Chicarilli has an open panel.

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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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