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We found 4 providers matching flap reconstruction and who accept United Healthcare Silver HMO near Lakeland, FL.

Dr. Jacob Gerzenshtein, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
4429 Florida National Drive
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Jacob Gerzenshtein is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. He is conversant in Russian. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Gerzenshtein is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Gerzenshtein studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is rated highly by his patients. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gerzenshtein honors. Dr. Gerzenshtein has an open panel.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Eyelid ... (Read more)

Dr. John Scott Ferguson, MD, DO
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1755 N Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. John Ferguson, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Watson Clinic LLP and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH). Dr. Ferguson graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and then he performed his residency at Conemaugh Health System and a hospital affiliated with St. Louis University (SLU). On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Ferguson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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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)

Dr. Faeza Rashid Kazmier, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1400 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Faeza Kazmier works as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Kazmier is rated highly by her patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Kazmier include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Kazmier studied medicine at Albany Medical College. She is affiliated with Watson Clinic LLP.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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

Dr. Shreekant K Tripathi, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
520 E Garden Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Shreekant Tripathi's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery; he sees patients in Lakeland, FL. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tripathi include thigh lift, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tripathi attended medical school at M.P. Shah Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Tripathi completed residency programs at Summa Akron City Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, and MetroWest Medical Center. He is affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Blepharoptosis Repair, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic 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.