Breast reconstruction with a transverse abdominal island flap

Plast Reconstr Surg. 1982 Feb;69(2):216-25. doi: 10.1097/00006534-198202000-00006.


A rectus abdominis musculocutaneous island flap for breast reconstruction following mastectomy is presented. The vascular anatomy of the abdominal wall has been clinically studied in patients undergoing abdominal lipectomy. Cadaver dissections are shown, demonstrating the anatomy, arc of rotation, and design alternatives of the rectus abdominis flap. The surgical technique is demonstrated and representative patients are shown.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Muscles
  • Breast / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mastectomy*
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Surgical Flaps*