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Dr. Kelly Raymond Kunkel, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1830 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Kelly Kunkel is a plastic surgery specialist in Fort Worth, TX. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Kunkel's hospital/clinic affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Huguley Hospital, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Kunkel studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Kunkel speaks Spanish.

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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. Landon Scott Perry, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2501 Parkview Drive; Suite 560
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Landon Perry practices plastic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Perry an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Perry include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Perry is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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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. Robert Glenn Anderson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
800 12th Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Robert Anderson is a physician who specializes in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Anderson takes. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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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. Matthew Howard Steele, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
800 12th Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Matthew Steele is a plastic surgery specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Steele include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Steele is affiliated with Cook Children's.

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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)

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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.