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We found 4 providers matching flap reconstruction and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Clearwater, FL.

Dr. Eric Isaac Egozi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1608 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Eric Egozi, who practices in Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Dr. Egozi is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Egozi takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Nicolas Pablo Villanustre, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
501 S Fort Harrison Avenue
Clearwater, FL
 

Dr. Nicolas Villanustre is a specialist in plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Villanustre include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of the Republic Faculty of Medicine. He is affiliated with Morton Plant Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Christopher Michael Newman, DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1875 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Christopher Newman is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Newman include breast augmentation, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), and dupuytren's contracture. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Before completing his residency at Doctors Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Newman attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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Relevant Interests: , pedicled skin flap reconstruction

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Dupuytren's Contracture, Lymphadenectomy, Cosmetic Surgery, Burns, Facelift, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert Patrick McCune, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1301 2nd Avenue Sw
Largo, FL
 

Dr. Robert McCune works as a plastic surgeon. Dr. McCune's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Albany Medical Center. He is professionally affiliated with Diagnostic Clinic.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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