The latissimus dorsi flap is an oval section of skin, fat, blood vessels and muscle that is transferred from the upper back to the front of the chest to reconstruct the breast mound. The blood vessels remain attached to their original source. Dr. Zampell is able to sculpt and refine the tissue so that it appears as a natural and attractive breast.
Who is a good candidate for latissimus flap surgery?
- Women who have undergone radiation
- Women who have sufficient tissue available overlying the latissimus dorsi
- Women who do not have donor tissue available for free autologous flap reconstruction
- Patients with hypercoagulability (tendency to form blood clots) or other medical conditions prohibiting microsurgical reconstruction
- Women who desire to use part of their own tissue to recreate the breasts