New hope for breast cancer patients

A new surgical procedure is offering renewed hope for post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors. It's called DIEP, or Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator, and doctors say this new procedure is life changing for their patients.

Essentially what they are doing is removing skin and underlying fatty tissue from the abdomen and using it to reconstruct a breast. There are only two doctors in Acadiana performing the procedure Dr. Stephen Delatte and Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire. Both doctors perform the procedure at Women's and Children's Hospital. “This procedure is a wonderful advancement for area breast cancer survivors who have undergone a mastectomy,” said Dr. Stephen Delatte.

“Now, these women have the option to receive a more aesthetically pleasing, natural looking breast, which, in turn, will help boost their confidence and self-awareness after undergoing a devastating cancer diagnosis and arduous treatment regimen,” said Dr. St. Hilaire.

A woman must have a certain amount of body fat and skin elasticity for this procedure to work. This surgery was first developed at LSU.

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