Latissimus flap breast reconstruction uses skin, fat and muscle (latissimus dorsi) from the back, beneath the shoulder blade area. The tissue ("flap") is brought around to the chest to create a new breast.
Following the mastectomy the patient is turned onto her stomach or side. A section of skin, fat and muscle is then lifted off the back from below the shoulder blade region. This tissue (or "flap") is then tunneled to the front of the chest to create the new breast. The patient is then turned onto her back a second time to complete the shaping of the new breast.
Many patients undergoing a latissimus flap procedure also require a tissue expander for additional volume. The expander is replaced by a permanent implant at a second procedure down the line.
The procedure leaves a scar on the mid-back region below the shoulder blade that can sometimes be seen through a tank-top, swimsuit or sundress. The upper back can be numb or for a few months until the nerves grow back. Women who are very active in sports should know that this procedure can impact your ability to participate in such activities like golf, climbing, swimming, or tennis.
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Again, thank you very much for your compassion, kindness and excellent care. As it is hard to forget one of the best, so I will never forget you, Dr. Pisano! God bless you always.Read Full Story
Other doctors marvel at how you chose to perform the surgery and the beautiful, almost invisible and ingenious outcome of your masterpiece and surgical work under the worst of cancer and surgical conditions.Read Full Story
My rapid recovery from this procedure is unbelievable to me! After a few short months the scar on my back is fading quickly and I have resumed my swim workout ranging 1-2 miles a day, holding forth with the two piece I wore before surgery! I was worried about the latissimus transplant weakening my left side, but actually there is no difference! All of this and I feel great.Read Full Story