Latissimus Dorsi Flap
Latissimus dorsi flap surgery is a breast reconstruction method that uses tissue from an area on the back to rebuild breasts that have been completely or partially removed to treat breast cancer. Like other breast reconstruction procedures, latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction may be performed at the same time as mastectomy, or breast removal surgery, or several months or years after.
Who Is a Candidate for Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction?
Women who have had or will have a mastectomy may seek latissimus dorsi flap surgery to reconstruct their breasts, which uses the body’s own natural tissues often in addition to breast implants to reconstruct the breasts. Latissimus dorsi flap surgery may be recommended over TRAM flap breast reconstruction in patients who:
- Prefer donor tissue be taken from their back instead of their abdomen
- Have already had an abdominal surgery, such as tummy tuck, and are not eligible for TRAM flap surgery
- Expect future pregnancy that could compromise TRAM flap surgery results in the abdominal area