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Latissimus Flap Breast Reconstruction

The latissimus flap, also known as the latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap, uses tissues transferred from the back to reconstruct the breast. This procedure helps to provide a natural breast shape, is very reliable, and is usually combined with either a tissue expander or breast implant to add volume.

The latissimus flap may be associated with modest residual arm weakness with certain motions on the side of the surgery. It can be performed more quickly than other forms of breast reconstruction like the TRAM or DIEP flap. The latissimus flap requires a back scar that can be hidden within the bra strap line, but in general is not as well concealed as the low abdominal scar that occurs with the TRAM or DIEP flap.

To learn which form of breast reconstruction is right for you, review photos, or testimonials please visit us online at westcountyplasticsurgeons.wustl.edu.

Breast Conservation

It’s something many don’t know – federal law mandates insurance companies cover reconstruction after breast conservation surgery. Find out more in this "Cancer Connection" podcast with Terry Myckatyn, MD, Washington University plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. More information about lumpectomy after breast cancer.


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