About Tug flap Reconstruction
The TUG or transverse upper grades gracillis flap is taken from the inner thigh. This flap is used for breast reconstruction in patients who cannot, or would rather not use their abdomen as a donor site.
This flap uses a small muscle called the Gracillis , and takes its blood supply from that muscle. The skin and fat that is used with this flap is very similar to the territory of the PAP flap. Since the PAP procedure does not sacrifice any muscle and can be placed further back, just underneath the buttock crease, the PAP flap has largely replaced the TUG.
MEET YOUR BREAST RECONSTRUCTION SURGEON- DR. JOSHUA LEVINE:
Even though this operation is very highly sophisticated and technically demanding, having done thousands breast reconstruction procedures, we have made it very safe, efficient, and reliable. Dr. Levine is one of the top Perforator Flap surgeons in the world. Since 2004, Dr. Levine has dedicated his practice exclusively to the highly sophisticated and advanced forms of microsurgical breast reconstruction.
VIEW OUR BEFORE & AFTER TUG FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PICTURES:
The photographs in this section are of actual patients of Dr. Joshua Levine. They have undergone various types of autologous breast reconstruction (perforator free flaps), i.e. DIEP/SIEA, PAP, GAP, delayed, immediate, with nipple-sparing mastectomy, etc. Keep in mind that each patient is unique and results may vary. To view more before & after photos, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.