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I'm Scheduling Breast Reconstruction With Latissimus Dorsi Flap, A Year Post Radiation.

I'm Scheduling Breast Reconstruction With Latissimus Dorsi Flap, A Year Post Radiation.

l play golf & tennis. I'd like to hear experiences on regaining range of motion after surgery & about this surgery in general, plus recovery and outcomes. I had bilateral mastectomy, then 17 lymph nodes removed, followed by chemo, then radiation on left side. Thanks.

A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had lat flap on both sides about 5 months ago and I gained my range of motion back 100% after physical therapy. I didn't have any problems or loss of strength due to the lat flap but had some cording issues because of the sentinel node removal which was resolved after PT. I have posted couple of pictures on my pin board. Check them out to see the outcome.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

I had latissimus dorsi reconstruction with an implant last August I'm really pleased with the outcome the breast is soft and natural looking. My scars are well healed and the one on my back is positioned so it's not visible in a swim suit. I was in hospital 3 days and allowed to go home with my drains in with dressings check at 7 days post op and drains removed at the same time. I followed the exercise plan provided by the physio and had full range of movement after a bout a month ( I only had SNB don't know if this would be longer if more nodes removed) I wasn't allowed to drive for 4 weeks. I saw the physio again after 6 weeks and was given more progressive exercises. By 3 months I felt back to normal with just a little weakness compared to the other side. I don't play sport so can't comment on that aspect of it. I would suggest that you speak to the physio and surgeon so they can advise you fully on returning to sport. Hope this helps

posted over 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Talk to them about the risks of lymphedema. It probably wont happen but you deserve to know especially with 17 lymph nodes gone.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyBCTeam Member said:

Thank you. Your response definitely helps.

posted over 6 years ago
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