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Martin S Lacey MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.5 stars out of 5 (6 ratings)
1875 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN

Dr. Martin Lacey's specialty is plastic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Lacey's clinical interests: cleft lip and palate, eyelid surgery, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is affiliated with HealthPartners Specialty Center, Regions Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Health (M Health). He is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with The University of Western Ontario and a hospital affiliated with Dalhousie University. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Lacey accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction

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

Ashish Y Mahajan MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
1875 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN

Dr. Ashish Mahajan is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Mahajan speaks Spanish. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, facelift, and thigh lift (thighplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital, HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics, and HealthPartners Riverside Clinic. Before completing his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Dr. Mahajan attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His distinctions include: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2016 Edition and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors Rising Stars 2017 Edition.

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Relevant Interests: , Free Flap Breast Reconstruction, TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Breast Reduction, Inje ... (Read more)

Warren Schubert MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
Average rating 4.87 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
1875 Woodwinds Drive; Suite 120
Woodbury, MN

Dr. Warren Schubert's specialties are plastic surgery and hand surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Schubert include eyelid surgery, facelift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics. After attending the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a hospital affiliated with McGill University. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , Free Flap Breast Reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Endoscop ... (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.

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