Breast Reconstruction: Latissimus Flap

Latissimus muscle flap breast reconstruction has been available since the 1970’s. The latissimus dorsi muscle is the muscle that lies in your back-if you stand against a wall and push with your hands, you can contract this muscle. An expander or sometimes a permanent implant is almost always required with this type of reconstruction. This is an excellent type of reconstruction for patients who continue to smoke or who are overweight and have a droopy opposite breast.

Latissimus Flap
Best Candidate: history of radiation; delayed reconstruction
Anesthesia: general
Length: 3 hours
Hospital Stay: 2-3 days
Return to Work: 3-4 weeks
Strenuous Activity: 6 weeks or longer
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Dr. Sood's primary goal is to provide excellent clinical results along with a high level of patient care and service. Patient satisfaction is our highest concern. We are dedicated to providing every patient with a pleasant experience, beginning with the first visit and continuing on through surgical procedures and treatments and postoperative care. We encourage patients to evaluate the benefits as well as the risks of each procedure within the confines of realistic expectations.