• Delayed Reconstrutive - Latissimus Flap

    Asked by PamB on Friday, November 16, 2012

    Delayed Reconstrutive - Latissimus Flap

    I was diagnosed with triple Negative Breast cancer 2/2011. I have completed the chemo and radiation and bilateral mastectomy. I am in process of delayed reconstructive. I had tissue expanders place in May of 2012. But my radiated skin is not cooperating and it has burst twice. My Plastic Surgeon is now wanting to do a latissimus Flap. Can anyone tell me their experience with this surgery? Thanks

    2 Answers from the Community

    • Happiness' Avatar

      Hi Pam, I had the LF surgery after 10 other reconstruction surgeries. The LF is the only one that worked. I am very happy with the result.

      over 8 years ago
    • graygoose311's Avatar

      dear friend, I am so sorry this happened to you. I had a similar problem. After 2 months the implants put in after the tissue expanders, the incision came open when I sneezed. We tried for 6 more weeks after restitiching it, to make it work but to no avail. I would have kept trying but at the same time my husband was diagnosed with cancer and his treatment took precedence, thankfully he is ok. Once all that was finished I next underwent surgery for the free flap which is where just tissue and a couple of good arteries/veins were also taken and made a new XXX on the left side. It was a good success. However, on the right abdomen where the free flap was taken, I developed a hernia with 4 hematomas. That was fixed but I have had 2 more surgeries to fix additional hernias. I have a family history of hernias so I can't say the free flap caused this. The only other thing I can say is that XXX that was placed as the new breast is always cold! I am satisified with the tattooing of the nipple that was created. I had the other breast lifted and reduced to a size "B". It turned out to be a pretty good match and I don't have to mess with any of the plants put in the breast...more natural. I had a good plastic surgeon and that makes a huge difference in recovery etc. If you have any further questions feel free to ask...Blessings and I hope it all works out for you, you deserve the best!

      over 8 years ago

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