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Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Dorsi Flap

Slnewton47 Member Posts: 1
edited January 2022 in Breast Reconstruction

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.


  • Illinois17
    Illinois17 Member Posts: 2
    edited January 2022

    I am going for consultations this month for flap reconstruction too. I am also highly considering having no reconstruction. Would love to hear others experiences & recovery from any recent flap procedures.

  • ratherbesailing
    ratherbesailing Member Posts: 111
    edited January 2022

    Sherry -

    I don't know how thin you are, but you might consider getting a second opinion on the TRAM/DIEP flap. The first plastic surgeon I met with told me flat-out I didn't have enough tissue. Two other surgeons - both of whom had much more experience with the procedure - said I was a good candidate, but they would have to take both sides of the abdomen. It is called a "stacked" procedure. The PS also reduced my other side to match. I am now about one cup smaller, but both sides look great.