Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Dorsi Flap
My name is Sherry and i'm 58 yrs old. This is my 2nd bout with breast cancer. I had it in 2002 and I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. It came back in December 2021 in the same breast. This time my surgeon said that I would need a mastectomy. I have also seen my plastic surgery. On February 16, 2022, they will be removing the breast with immediate reconstruction using the latissimus dorsi flap method with a tissue expander and then eventually a implant. I have researched this procedure and have read some horror stories about major back problems and other issues. I'm also not sure if I want to deal with the potential problems of a breast implant. I'm thinking of just getting the mastectomy for now to give me more time to consider my reconstruction options later. My question is for any ladies that have had the latissimus dorsi flap procedure if you can tell me a little about your experience. I was considering getting the tram flap but my doctor said that I didn't have enough stomach fat. The tumor I have is located right below the nipple so I won't be able to save the skin.