About Tug flap Breast 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.
Medical Illustrations of TUG Flap Breast Reconstruction Procedure
Medical illustrations courtesy of © Mount Sinai Health System
VIEW OUR BEFORE & AFTER SGAP 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.