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We found 5 providers matching flap reconstruction and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans near Novi, MI.

Dr. Alberto Julian Aviles, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
47601 Grand River Avenue; Suite B223
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Alberto Aviles practices plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery in Warren, MI, Novi, MI, and Southfield, MI. Dr. Aviles's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Aviles trained at Rush University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Aviles's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. John Hospital and Medical Center and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Andrew Michael Lofman, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
640 North Old Woodward
Farmington, MI
 

Dr. Andrew Lofman is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Dr. Lofman has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. Dr. Lofman graduated from Ross University School of Medicine. He trained at Mercy Catholic Medical Center for residency. His professional affiliations include Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Body Contouring, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Rebecca Marie Studinger, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
3270 West Big Beaver Road; Suite 415
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Rebecca Studinger works as a plastic surgeon. On average, patients gave her a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Studinger's areas of expertise include laser resurfacing, bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery, and lymphedema. Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Studinger honors. Dr. Studinger obtained her medical school training at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and performed her residency at Providence Hospital. She is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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Relevant Interests: , DIEP flap reconstruction

All Interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Botox Injection, Laser Resurfacing, Injectable ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
26850 Providence Parkway; Suite 250
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Robert Forte practices plastic surgery in West Bloomfield, MI and Novi, MI. Areas of expertise for Dr. Forte include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Forte is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors AARP, Cofinity, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Forte is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and a graduate of Providence Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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

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

Dr. Mune Gowda, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
3270 West Big Beaver; Suite# 415
Novi, MI
 

Dr. Mune Gowda is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and hand surgery. After completing medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, he performed his residency at Mount Carmel Health System and Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. These areas are among Dr. Gowda's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Beaumont Employee Health Plan, AARP, and Cofinity, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with St. John Providence Health System.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botox Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, ... (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.