Plastic surgeons in France conducted a long-term follow-up of quality of life following DIEP flap breast reconstruction. They found that the quality of life in patients who underwent DIEP flap reconstruction was comparable to the general population of women who did not undergo mastectomy. They also found that the quality of life of the DIEP flap patients was higher than patients who underwent mastectomy without reconstruction, and mastectomy with another type of reconstruction. The article was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. See the article here.