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

Dr. Robert Murphy's medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Murphy's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). He obtained his medical school training at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and performed his residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. He is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Murphy 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)

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

Dr. Manny Iyer, who practices in Bethlehem, PA, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery. Dr. Iyer speaks Tamil. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). After completing medical school at Stanley Medical College, he performed his residency at Easton Hospital and Truman Medical Centers. Dr. Iyer has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors United Healthcare Compass, Coventry, and Coventry HSA, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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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 plastic surgeon. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Dr. Morrissey obtained his medical school training at Temple University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine and performed his residency at LeHigh Valley Hospital Network. He honors Coventry, United Healthcare POS, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in plastic surgery. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Salgado's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Salgado accepts several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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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.