The term “breast reconstruction” is used to describe the surgical procedure aiming to restore the shape, size, and overall appearance of the female breast after partial or total mastectomy. The ultimate goal of the surgery is the creation of a new breast, symmetrical with the contralateral healthy breast.  

In recent decades, in the advanced countries of Europe and the USA, breast reconstruction operation has been considered an integral part of the comprehensive treatment, within the framework of an integrated treatment of breast cancer. Many centers regularly proceed to immediate breast reconstruction, that is, at the same time of the mastectomy. Therefore, the patient “wakes up” from the operation with a new breast, having been spared the experience of losing her breast.

The myocutaneous flap of the latissimus dorsi is a very satisfactory and safe breast reconstruction method according to which back tissue is used to create a new breast, while, at the same time, an implant is placed. The operation is relatively simple and provides the certainty that the implant is fully covered by a thick part of healthy tissue containing a large portion of muscle tissue. The satisfactory coverage of the implant by these tissues practically reduces the chances of complications in case of radiation to a minimum. The results of this method are considered fairly satisfactory and stable over the time, since a breast with a very natural look is created. Sometimes corrective operation to the healthy breast is needed to achieve better symmetry.


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