• Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction surgery

    Asked by ValerieR on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction surgery

    I am getting Latissimus Dorsi Flap Reconstruction surgery in June. Anyone have this? I had a bilateral mastectomy last June, followed by radiation. My skin is really tight. Anxious and excited. I'm thinking.... painful.

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    • Jocin's Avatar

      Hi ValerieR...I've had that done. The normal 6 weeks recuperating time and I had a drain which they pulled before that time was over. Not too painful and I'm a big chicken to begin with. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      My advise is to call your doctor and ask for the phone number of five patients who had this procedure within the last year. When you call them, have a list of questions. Ask clarifying questions. For example, I asked one lady if she had resumed normal activity, and she said yes. But, for her, normal activity meant sweeping the floor of her floral shop. For me, it meant kayaking, swimming, etc. Also ask about the reliability of the arm post surgery. One lady told me that she didn't trust the arm anymore and had accidently dropped some things. Take some time and form some questions that matter to you. As for myself, after interviewing several latflap and tram flap patients, I decided to go with prosthesis.

      over 3 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar

      Valerie, I had latissimus dorsi reconstruction 15 months ago. There aren't many of us out here, or at least I haven't found many. Have you been given other options for reconstruction? PLEASE visit the website of Johns Hopkins' Breast Cancer Center. They stopped performing this procedure 13 years ago.

      over 3 years ago
    • Donnaakins' Avatar

      Here is an excerpt from the Johns Hopkins website about latissimus dorsi. I wish I had found it prior to reconstruction.
      "Flaps – These older procedures (such as) latissimus dorsi flaps result in the patient sacrificing . . . her upper back muscles. While those procedures were the best options decades ago, today we know that there is a higher risk of hernia, weakness . . . and limits on physical activity with these older procedures. There are no physical limitations with the more sophisticated procedures performed at our Breast Center."

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I agree with Donna...have you considered DIEP, where no muscle tissue is taken? Seems like Lat Dor Flap is outdated by newer, better options. You still have time to research & ask more questions. Not trying to scare you, just trying to help. I am having DIEP in October and chose it because I am adament about not losing any muscle to the procedure of reconstruction. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • JudithCST's Avatar

      In my case, I honestly can't recommend it. I had this procedure done a year ago concurrent with a bilateral mastectomy, and I've had nothing but problems since then.... constant drains, infections, etc. If I had it to do again, I would NOT have chosen this procedure. It's bad enough to have mastectomies, chemo and radiation without having the complications I had to deal with. I would explore every available option before making this decision.

      over 3 years ago
    • lovinglife's Avatar

      You should check into DIEP flap reconstruction. You get a tummy tuck as well!

      over 3 years ago
    • laurie's Avatar

      I had the tram flap and haven't had any problems!

      over 3 years ago
    • sheila56's Avatar

      I am having the latt flap in a few months but I am in touch with someone who has had it done with no complications.

      about 1 year ago

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