Recent advances in endoscopic surgery have allowed laparoscopic harvesting of the omental flap with reduced donor-site morbidity and deformity. Between August of 2004 and May of 2010, the authors performed immediate breast reconstruction with the free omental flap in 10 breast cancer patients, employing it either as a pedicle flap or as a free flap for volume replacement. Only one complication occurred during the follow-up. Cosmetic results were mostly satisfactory. The free omental flap is a safe procedure with minimal donor-site morbidity and deformity and can be an additional option for immediate partial breast reconstruction after breast-conserving surgery.
Clinical question/level of evidence: Therapeutic, IV.