The Importance of Suture Needle Management in DIEP Surgery Jan24


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The Importance of Suture Needle Management in DIEP Surgery

One of the most sensitive procedures after a mastectomy is the deep inferior epigastric perforator procedure, or DIEP flap reconstruction. It restores form to a patient and helps prevent post-mastectomy breast cancer. This operation typically lasts 6-8 hours and involves multiple sites on the chest and abdomen, increasing the risk of postoperative complications.

DIEP Procedure

In DIEP flap surgery, portions of skin and fat are harvested from the abdominal area of a patient’s body and transferred to the patient’s chest. Little or no muscle is removed, so it is less invasive than TRAM flap surgery. One of the most complicated parts of DIEP surgery is reattaching blood vessels from the harvested tissue to the breast area. Many of these vessels are microscopic, so a microscope aids in the procedure.

Suture Needle Management Considerations

Some DIEP procedures require donor site draining well after surgery completion. This limits patient mobility and can be cumbersome and painful. However, new approaches using progressive tension sutures enable no-drain DIEP flap donor site closures. During these and other procedures that require many sutures, it’s important that surgical teams have the best suture needle management plan and equipment available.

Suture equipment should help surgical teams eliminate passage and handling of exposed needles and distractions. Products should also improve workflow and efficiency while enabling the surgeons to maintain the pace of closures.

Sharp Fluidics designs advanced suture needle management products for DIEP flap reconstruction and other surgical procedures. These products reduce operating table hazards and improve surgical workflow. Visit our website to learn how we can meet your surgical room needs.

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