• Latissimus Dorsi Flap and reconstruction

    Asked by gsbasset on Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Latissimus Dorsi Flap and reconstruction

    Who has had this surgery and what was the results, healing time and/or lasting side effects?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • Baldredhead's Avatar

      Ooh! Me! Me! Pick me!
      I had this done in 2009 and I continue to work out, lift weights, play the piano, hail a cab....you know, normal stuff! I think my flap and reconstruction was a bit more dificult because they told me I didn't have enough...er....substance around my middle to pull up and make a flap, so they pulled a muscle from my back to my front to make the flap, so my muscles aren't exactly located exactly where God originally placed them, but it still works! I remember that awful first night after initial surgery when I couldn't move my arms and was frightened that this would be my new normal, but by the next day I was walking around and could scratch my nose when it itched and everything. There were several steps to the reconstruction and expansion, so be prepared for that, but I would totally recommend this procedure. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Hope this helps, and please know that I have said a prayer for your full recovery, Lynn

      over 3 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Hi gsbasset - I had this surgery in 2004, so I'm 9 years past it. I used certain essential oils to help with the healing procedure so scarring was minimal and healing time was quick. I then found I had to be really proactive with stretching and doing specific yoga routines and getting deep tissue massage to keep my range of motion where it was - it took a lot of work but I have zero problems these days. I share a lot of my journey on my website - for instance, I am a massage therapist and I created a video for other massage therapists to be able to help those who've had this surgery. Here's the link to my website and the video: http://marnieclark.com/reduce-surgical-adhesions-after-breast-reconstruction-surgery/ I hope this helps you!

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi GS--I was reading about the Lat Dor Flap on the Johns Hopkins Breast Center pages and they have discontinued this operation several years ago (!) in favor of others that DON'T use muscle, ie, DIEP. ( I think it's kind of like the vertical C-section that my mom had vs. the horizontal ("bikini line") C-sections I had.--newer methods as time goes by) You might want to check out their website and your options where you live for a more updated, less complications recon , possibly with a different p/s.. I know I need all the muscle I can retain--and at my age, the bonus tummy tuck that comes with DIEP convinced me quickly that it is the one for me.

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar

      I hope all is well.

      Your question reminded me of some content we have on reconstruction experiences.




      It also reminded me to let WhatNexters know about our Beginner's Guide to Cancer, including a guide on how women chose between a lumpectomy and mastectomy.


      Best of luck to all,

      about 3 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      Thank you Baldredhead,,, I needed to read you blog,,, you answered all my questions. There is hope for weights! :)

      almost 3 years ago

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