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Dr. Michael Kwangsoo Kim, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
3700 Central Avenue
Ft. Myers, FL
 

Dr. Michael Kim practices plastic surgery and hand surgery. He attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with New York University (NYU) and a hospital affiliated with Emory University for residency. Dr. Kim's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient ratings for Dr. Kim average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Kim accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He is professionally affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital.

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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)

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3700 Central Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Lorraine Golosow specializes in plastic surgery. She has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Golosow accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Golosow studied medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University.

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

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

Dr. Robert John Brueck, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3700 Central Avenue; Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Robert Brueck practices plastic surgery in Fort Myers, FL, Cape Coral, FL, and Bonita Springs, FL. Dr. Brueck's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include facial problems, eyelid surgery, and thigh lift. He is professionally affiliated with Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital. Dr. Brueck takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. His medical residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center.

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

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, ... (Read more)

Dr. Ralph Ronald Garramone Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
12998 S Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Garramone is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. He graduated from New York Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Patient ratings for Dr. Garramone average 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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

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