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Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2597 Schoenersville Road; Suite 305
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Robert Murphy's areas of specialization are plastic surgery and hand surgery; he sees patients in Bethlehem, PA and Allentown, PA. Patient ratings for Dr. Murphy average 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Murphy include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Murphy's office for an appointment. Before completing his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Murphy attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

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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)

Dr. Manny Subramania Iyer, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
5325 Northgate Drive; Suite 202
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. Manny Iyer's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Dr. Iyer is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Coventry, and Coventry HSA, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Stanley Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Iyer completed residency programs at Easton Hospital and Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Iyer is conversant in Tamil. Dr. Iyer is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He has an open panel.

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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
74 West Broad Street; Suite 170
Bethlehem, PA
 

Dr. W. Morrissey is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Morrissey is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He is an in-network provider for Coventry, United Healthcare POS, Aetna, and more. After attending Temple University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Morrissey completed his residency training at LeHigh Valley Hospital Network.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

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

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Specializes in Plastic Surgery
825 Delaware Avenue
Fountain Hill, PA
 

Dr. Edward Salgado is a specialist in plastic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Salgado include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Salgado is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Hair Transplant, Nose Surgery, ... (Read more)

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  • Medicare Volume: 18
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,578
  • Medicare Cost: $1,276

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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.