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Kelly R Kunkel MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, General Surgery
Average rating 4.85 stars out of 5 (27 ratings)
1830 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Kelly Kunkel's medical specialty is plastic surgery and general surgery. 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's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and voluma. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Kunkel speaks Spanish. Dr. Kunkel is affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Huguley Hospital, and Texas Health Fort Worth. He 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 Fil ... (Read more)

Dr Robert G Anderson MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.97 stars out of 5 (148 ratings)
800 12th Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Robert Anderson practices plastic surgery in Fort Worth, TX. Clinical interests for Dr. Anderson include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and volbella. Dr. Anderson is professionally affiliated with Plaza Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Cosmetic Surgery, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lif ... (Read more)

Dr Matthew Howard Steele MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Average rating 4.92 stars out of 5 (97 ratings)
800 12th Avenue; Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX

Dr. Matthew Steele works as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Steele's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Steele include breast augmentation, labiaplasty, and endoscopic surgery. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Steele honors. Dr. Steele attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: RealSelf 100 Top Social Influencers in Cosmetic Medicine; Top Doctor, Fort Worth Texas Magazine; and Exemplary Teacher Award, University of Florida College of Medicine.

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

All Interests: Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, Butt Augmentation, Lip Implants, ... (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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