Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Flap

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Latissimus flap breast reconstruction (also called a lat flap) is a muscle-transfer technique to rebuild the breast following a mastectomy. A surgeon moves a flap of skin along with the latissimus dorsi muscle and attached blood vessels from the upper back under the skin to the chest, usually inserting an implant under the flap to achieve the desired fullness. For women who don't have enough donor tissue for TRAM, DIEP, or SIEA flap procedures (or don't have access to surgeons who can perform this kind of microsurgery), latissimus flap reconstruction can look natural and offer a good result without significant complications. 

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Second Time to Have Breast Cancer

I'm 46 years, had breast cancer in 2009 and 2015. I decided to have a right latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction in 2015 and a left mastectomy with reconstruction for prevention. I had a lumpectomy on the right side and radiation treatment. After 6 years my cancer came back in the same breast.... READ MORE

Caring Crafted Care! - Pasco, WA

I had a nipple sparing full mastectomy and went to Dr. Karen Vaniver for the reconstructive surgery. First, Karen is one of those rare doctors who treat you like an individual, looking at you holistically instead of a bean to count. She instantly puts you at ease with her great hugs and kind... READ MORE

My Unexpected Journey With DCIS HER2+ Breast Cancer - Atlanta, GA

On Wednesday April 27, 2016 at 7:30am, I will have my double mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction. I know that this will be the most difficult part of my cancer journey, but it is an essential process I know I need to do. I am speaking in JESUS NAME that my surgery will be a... READ MORE

Breast Reconstruction After Bilateral Mastectomy - Claremont, CA

I am a breast cancer survivor. I underwent a double mastectomy in 2015 followed by 33 sessions of radiation. I am thankful to have been referred to Dr. Wali for my reconstruction. He and his staff have been amazing and extremely supportive through the entire process. Dr. Wali has always taken... READ MORE

54 Year OldWoman SurvivesBilateral BreastCancer and Reconstruction Gave HerHope for a Somewhat Normal Life Again. Providence, RI

I was diagnosed with breast cancer, both breasts, May 2014. After making the decision to have a bi-lateral mastectomy done, I was referred to Dr. Caroline Plamondon for reconstruction. From the initial visit, I felt a high level of comfort and care from Dr. Plamondon and her staff. The first... READ MORE

43yr Old Busy Body with Double Mastectomy and Reconstruction - Austin, TX

I didn't know much about plastic surgery. When I went in for my first consultation I told Dr Whitefield to make the best decision he thought was good for me. He choose the DepFlap. He explained to me the procedure that was gonna be done what I should expect and how to prepare myself for this... READ MORE

Dr. Ghazi's Skill in Reconsturction is Evident in the Results! - Atlanta, GA

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in June of 2015 and immediately found myself overwhelmed with the decisions to be made. Being referred to Dr. Ghazi was one of the highlights of this journey, making this tough decision, easy. I was dead set on the procedure I wanted but his thoroughness... READ MORE

Positive for PALB2 Genetic Mutation. Underwent Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy with Single Stage Reconstruction -Littleton, CO

Motivation was doing the right thing for me, my three daughters and my husband. Wanting to be around to see the girls marry and have babies and not have to deal with breast cancer. The entire medical team and hospital staff were wonderful. I was only on pain meds for 48 hours following surgery... READ MORE

Breast Reconstruction with Tummy Tuck. Duluth, GA

I was high risk for breast cancer. I decided after seeing consulting my family doctor, several oncologists, and 2 surgeons that my best chance for not getting breast cancer was to have a double skin sparing masectomy with reconstruction. Expanders were placed right after the masectomy. I... READ MORE

Changed My Life - Evansville

Dr. Orr is amazing and becomes your friend instantly! He did an amazing job and has changed my life significantly! It was a decision that wasn't easy for me to make! After a couple consultations with Dr. Orr, I knew I trusted his experience and expertise! He is foen to earth and doesn't just... READ MORE

Saved After a Long Road Through a Double Mastectomy, Radiation, a Bad Infection, Latissimus Flap & Finally Gummy Bear Implants!

I truly felt saved after being in Dr. Gabriel's wonderful hands! After 5 surgeries (with 2 other surgeons), a very bad infection and major complications to follow, I very fortunately found Dr. Gabriel. I walked into his office in tears, feeling like a monster and so hopeless after all I had been... READ MORE

THIRD and Most Difficult Bout of Breast Cancer -- Dr. Rad to the Rescue!!! - Washington, DC

Because the cancer kept returning in the same area, finally the skin itself and remaining upper chest tissue had to go. I faced losing the implant and any prior reconstruction work and potentially having a really awful profile. I had many consults with different plastic surgeons as I decided... READ MORE

Starting BRAVA Procedure! Reconstruction After Breast Cancer/Double Mastectomy 31 Years Old - Madison, WI

I've been researching breast reconstruction options for over a year now.. I initially chose implants and expanders were put in place immediately after my real breast were removed. The BRAVA procedure is still considered new yet effective.. Would anyone be interested in watching a video of my... READ MORE

Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction Following Bilateral Mastectomy. San Diego, CA

Dr Pacella is truly a RARE find these days- exceptionally skilled as a surgeon with a compassionate, caring, treat-you-like-family bedside manner. Getting a diagnosis of breast cancer is pretty overwhelming. So many tough decisions to make and tons of information to process, its total... READ MORE

No one believes I got breast reconstruction because I just look like me. Fairfax, VA

I had natural DD breasts and when I had to have a double mastectomy it was devastating. Luckily I chose to work with Dr. Rad who assured me that I could look and feel as good as ever after tissue expanders and implants. His skills as a surgeon are top notch and he has an artistic eye for details... READ MORE

Bc Survivor with Radiation

Was not happy with how bs had left my chest. After failed procedure I have permanent damage to back, chest, and arm. Will half to undergo other surgeries in attempt to repair damage and chronic pain. Have been hospitalized for pulmonary embolism and infection. Have lost full use of my arm, back... READ MORE

Wonderful DIEP flap experience

My recovery for the DIEP Flap Reconstruction was was 3-4 weeks. I healed very well. When I went back for my 2 weeks checkup, Dr. Meade said I looked like I was 2 months out instead of 2 weeks. I felt great, mentally and physically. Before my surgery I felt broken. Now I feel complete and... READ MORE

51 Year old DIEP FLAP Surgery

Excellent...I had Breast Cancer in 2007 with a silicone implant that ruptured. Dr. Tutelar talked me off a ledge and calmed my spirit to use my own body for Breast Reconstruction. I am so glad he did. I feel 100 percent better about my appearance. I am still healing, but will post pictures soon.... READ MORE

If you need any sort of breast surgery - Dr. Gabriel del Corral is the best!

I could not be more pleased with the reconstructive work Dr. Gabriel Del Corral performed in the way of Latissimus Dorsi Reconstruction immediately following lumpectomy and axillary dissection for breast cancer. He operated with skill and precision, care for how the end result would appear, and... READ MORE

A Great Dr. and Wonderful Human Being - Newport Beach, CA

I have had 6 surgeries dealing with recurring BC. I'm fortunate because I have a great oncoplastic surgeon but he had a PS try to fix things up a couple of years ago because there was so much done over the years, he wanted a highly skilled guy to work on the closing. Unfortunatly the PS was very... READ MORE

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