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

Dr. Kelly Kunkel is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Fort Worth, TX. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Kunkel's areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and tummy tuck revision. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Huguley Hospital, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Kunkel attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Kunkel is rated highly by his patients. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, United Healthcare Choice, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Texas Super Doctors and RealSelf Top Doctor. Dr. Kunkel is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, Injectable ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Anderson, who practices in Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, United Healthcare Plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Chin Implants, Nipple Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Matthew Steele is a specialist in plastic surgery. Dr. Steele's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Steele accepts. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Steele has received professional recognition including the following: RealSelf 100 Top Social Influencers in Cosmetic Medicine; Top Doctor, Fort Worth Texas Magazine; and Exemplary Teacher Award, University of Florida College of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Cook Children's.

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

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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.

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