Breast Reconstruction with the Latissumus Dorsi Flap Technique
Latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction uses skin, tissue and blood vessels from the upper back to recreate the breast mound after cancerous breast tissue has been removed with a mastectomy.
Although mastectomy is a life-saving procedure, the loss of a breast often leaves the patient feeling incomplete and insecure. With breast reconstruction, women can keep their natural curves and be cancer-free. The Latissimus Flap technique is one among several breast reconstruction procedures offered at UCI Plastic Surgery in Southern California.
Reasons to Choose the Latissumus Dorsi Flap Technique
Latissimus dorsi reconstruction is suitable for patients who are not candidates for other breast reconstruction techniques, typically because of:
- Previous abdominal surgery
- Insufficient remaining tissue to support breast implants.
If a plastic surgeon at UCI Plastic Surgery recommends the Latissimus dorsi flap technique, your surgical plan will be determined and you will receive instruction regarding what to expect before, during and after surgery.
FAQ About Latissimus Dorsi Flap in Orange County
Listed below are answers to common questions about Lat Flap breast reconstruction at UCI Plastic Surgery in Southern California. If you have further questions, please contact our plastic surgery office in Orange County.
During surgery, the doctor removes a section of donor tissue from the mid-upper back and transplants it, along with its blood supply, to the chest area. Blood vessels of the donor tissue are tunneled beneath the skin. The tissues are then shaped to recreate a new breast. Because it is a rather complex procedure, the patient is asleep under a general anesthetic.
Patients typically spend 1 to 3 days recuperating in our facility. When they are discharged, they often need assistance around the house for a few days. Recovery lasts about three to six weeks. After that, revision and touch-up procedures may be scheduled several weeks later.
After latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction is complete, later stages of breast reconstruction may include breast implant placement using a tissue expander, or reconstruction of the nipple and areola.
Several plastic surgeons at UCI Plastic Surgery have a special focus on free flap breast reconstruction and the Latissimus Flap technique. Surgeons performing the procedure include Dr. Gregory R.D. Evans, Dr. Amber Leis and Dr. Keyianoosh Paydar.
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