Hello, there. I, too, wonder why you are getting a dorsa flap since this is a "preventive" procedure. Here's my experiences.
My daughter had Stage I breast cancer and she had a sentinel node biopsy, negative, so she had the double mastectomy with chest expanders put in at the same time. They did not have to move a muscle as they do in the lat dorsa. They used her own chest muscle. This surgery took about 4-5 months to complete. There were two surgeries. Her breast implants look GREAT!
Now for me. I was dx at 58 with Stage IIIC BC, single mastectomy, had chemo and RADIATION. I waited just over 4 years to do my reconstruction. I am in good health
and fairly good physical condition. I had the Lat Dorsa flap. They moved the muscle from my back to the front since my muscle was gone. The recovery time for the lat was difficult because of the sensitive nature of my radiated skin. With the lift for the other breast -- I had 3 surgeries instead of two also taking about
4-months to complete.
It was not possible for me to do reconstruction immediately because I needed radiation. Also, I waited even longer because my insurance
would not pay for the PS that I wanted to use.
Looking back, the PS I waited to use was worth it. You do not have to do immediate reconstructions, but all things considered, the sooner for reconstruction the better. That is just my opinion.
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