Dallas women on the road to recovery after cancer come to the Texas Center for breast reconstruction with a variety of needs and preferences. Sometimes, a patient wants to get a more natural looking breast using her own body’s tissues but lacks sufficient volume to achieve her desired result without being combined with implants. In other cases, a tissue flap might be recommended to protect an implant in a patient who is still undergoing radiation therapy. Whatever your situation, we can help.
Understanding Latissimus Flap Reconstruction
A “flap” is typically a combination of muscle, fat, and skin tissues we use to reconstruct a breast that has been lost. Flaps can be harvested from your abdomen (as in DIEP Flap Reconstruction), back, or other parts of the body, but the most common type of combination flap and implant reconstruction is the Latissimus Flap.
Dallas Latissimus Flap reconstruction patients can expect the following during surgery:
- Your surgeon will remove a flap of tissue from your back, in the area below your scapula or “shoulder blade”
- An implant will be placed in the location of the new breast (implant type – silicone or saline – will be determined by you and your surgeon prior to your operation)
- The tissue flap from your back will be rotated around to the breast area and used to enclose the implant, providing more coverage and protection for the implant than skin alone
In some cases the Latissimus Flap can be done without an implant, but this doesn’t typically provide sufficient volume for most patients.
If you think Latissimus Flap reconstruction might be right for you, why not get started? Call us at 972.566.3939 today to schedule your consultation or read on to learn more.
Advantages and Disadvantages Latissimus Flap Reconstruction
Dallas patients thinking about a reconstruction should consider the following factors:
- With a Latissimus Flap covering the implant, the flap can be used to help treat complications.
- The reconstructed breast may have a more normal appearance than with an implant alone.
- Latissimus Flap reconstruction may require a somewhat longer, more difficult surgery, and possibly a longer recovery, at the first stage when compared with implants alone
- Patients may experience some initial weakness in the use of the arm on the reconstructed side, though most patients quickly overcome this with the use of the other muscles in the area
- There will be an additional scar, typically 6-8 inches long, running below the scapula or “shoulder blade” on the reconstructed side
If you have more questions about the pros and cons of this method versus other options we offer, please call us at 972.566.3939. We’re happy to help you as you make this important decision.