Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flap
The goal of breast reconstruction is to minimize deformity and to maintain a breast shape and symmetry and well-being following a mastectomy. The consideration for breast reconstruction options are individualized to each woman’s desires, expectations and treatment plans. Autologous Flap reconstruction (TRAM, DIEP, Latissimus Flap) – using your own tissue from another part of your body- may be considered to create a breast.
Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flap (LD Flap) is one technique of autologous flap reconstruction. The latissimus dorsi is a large flat muscle on your back (latissimus means broadest and dorsi is back, in Latin). It’s located just below the shoulder and behind the armpit. In this procedure the, muscle, blood vessels and sometimes skin from your upper back is used to reconstruct the breast.
The Latissimus muscle remains connected to the blood supply and is “tunneled” under the axilla skin and tissue area to the chest to recreate a breast mound. Depending on the needs of the woman, typically a small implant is also used to create a breast of adequate size and shape. This type of reconstruction offers a softer, more projecting and natural breast when compared to an implant alone.
Recovery after this procedure will require avoiding strenuous activity and heavy lifting for a period of time immediately following the procedure, however patients can expect to return to normal activities and participation in physical exercise without restriction. Surgical incisions are placed deliberately and in time, become difficult to perceive.
Health is not just about physical illness—health includes self-esteem and being confident in one’s own appearance and body. Breast reconstruction, including the latissimus dorsi flap procedure, is a meaningful process to help a woman be well on her way to feeling not only healthier but happier as well.
Dr. Lynch's advanced fellowship training in breast reconstruction was completed at the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He widely recognized as one of New Jersey's most experienced and best trained breast reconstructive surgeons.
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