Dr. Ergun Kocak and Dr. Pankaj Tiwari both completed reconstructive microvascular surgery fellowships at MD Anderson Cancer Center, but what does that mean for patients at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery?
Their further studies and years-long experience in the specialized field have been of most use in breast reconstruction using DIEP flaps. During this particular surgery, tissue from the lower abdomen is used instead of the usual silicone or saline implant. Attached to the tissue are a number of tiny blood vessels visible to the eye only with the use of a microscope. With their extensive training, Dr. Kocak and Dr. Tiwari are able to separate the said blood vessels from its original site in the abdomen and reattach them with the same precision to the patient’s chest.
What is Microsurgery by Dr. Ergun Kocak
Recently, my partner and I have been asked by others in the medical field which of us is the “plastic surgeon,” and which is the “microsurgeon?” Along similar lines, I’ve also been asked by patients to clarify what microsurgery actually means.
For more information on the importance of microvascular surgery specifically in DIEP flap breast reconstruction, check out the infographic below.