What is GAP Flap Reconstruction?
The GAP (Gluteal Artery Perforator) flap is a reconstruction technique that uses skin and fat from the upper buttock. This is a good option for those who do not have an excess amount of skin and tissue on their abdomen to perform a DIEP flap reconstruction.
How is GAP Flap Reconstruction Performed?
During GAP flap reconstruction, our team will remove skin and tissue from the upper buttock region to create a moderate sized breast. The gluteal muscle is left untouched, making for an easier recovery. The vessels from the breast tissue are attached to the chest vessels, allowing it to have its own blood supply. Surgical drains will then be placed to collect any excess fluids.
Following the procedure, patients can expect a three to four day stay in the hospital to begin healing. Drains can be removed one to two weeks post-op. Most patients can expect recovery time to take between four and six weeks. Scars from this procedure are hidden, as tissue was taken from the buttock region. Following the specific instructions given to you will result in a quick, safe recovery.