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Latissimus flap breast reconstruction, sometimes referred to as Latissimus Dorsi flap breast reconstruction, is treatment for breast reconstruction following mastectomy offered by the plastic surgeons at The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy. Working individually with patients and their breast surgeons, our doctors coordinate the best treatment options for each patient’s condition.
Skin and tissue from the back shoulder blade area is moved to the mastectomy site during latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction. The tissue from the back is tunneled to the mastectomy site and molded to form a new breast.
Women who have small to medium-sized breasts are the best candidates for latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction. Since the amount of body tissue on the upper back is limited, it is best used for reconstructing breasts that are smaller or medium-sized.
Latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction often is combined with an implant as additional volume is needed. During the initial latissimus dorsi flap surgery, a temporary expander is inserted under the tissue flap that was moved from the back and reconnected at the mastectomy site. A permanent implant is inserted during a future surgery. Additional surgery also may be needed to recreate the nipple and areola if they cannot be saved during the initial latissimus dorsi flap surgery.
Mercy's plastic surgeons, along with breast surgeons at The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy, work with each patient to determine the best treatment plan for the patient’s individual needs. Latissimus dorsi flap breast reconstruction can be immediate, taking place at the same time as a mastectomy, or can be delayed until after chemotherapy and/or radiation is completed.
The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Chang, and Dr. Brendan Collins. Our doctors are recognized specialists in breast reconstruction and restoration, particularly in perforator flap reconstructions including DIEP flap (Deep Inferior Epigastic Perforator flap) following breast cancer surgery. Named among the best surgeons and top doctors in the Mid-Atlantic states area, Dr. Chang along with his associate, Dr. Collins, work with each woman before, during and after her hospital stay to provide the best treatment options for her individual needs.
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Dr. Bernie Chang is Director of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy and also leads The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center. He pioneered treatment options like DIEP flap breast reconstruction.
Jennifer, breast cancer survivor and avid horse racing fan, tells the story of her diagnosis, treatment and recovery.