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We found 3 providers matching flap reconstruction and who accept BlueCare Everyday Health 1477 near Clearwater, FL.

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

Dr. Nicolas Villanustre specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Clearwater, FL. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Villanustre 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 graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of the Republic Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Villanustre 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. Eric Isaac Egozi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1608 Gulf To Bay Boulevard
Clearwater, FL

Dr. Eric Egozi works as a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in Clearwater, FL. He attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Clinical interests for Dr. Egozi include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Egozi 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. Christopher Michael Newman, DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1875 Indian Rocks Road S
Largo, FL

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

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Relevant Interests: , pedicled skin flap reconstruction

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