breast reconstruction ?? about lat dorsi

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karen in north idaho
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   Posted 5/21/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
   I wanted to know if anyone that has had the lat dorsi (is that the correct abbreviation?)  My concern for this surgery is the loss of strength in my arms.  I do alot of lifting and yard work. I will see the surgeon soon, but I would love to hear personal stories because they are so much more informative!   Thanks.... Karen 

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   Posted 5/21/2006 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   


I had the lat. flap procedure in Dec. of 2001 and have lost no muscle in my arms. I started back to tennis within 2 months and it hasn't bothered me. I'm glad it's the route I went.

Good luck.


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karen in north idaho
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   Posted 5/23/2006 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the reply!!!!

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   Posted 5/29/2006 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   


I, too had a lat flap (back in 2004). I am very happy with the results. I do have some strength loss but that is only due to my not using that arm as much as the other. I developed lymphedema in that arm (from having nodes out, not from the lat flap), so I cannot lift anything too heavy with that arm or it makes it worse.

The only thing I occasionally don't like is that I can sometimes feel the muscle/tissue that is still connecting it to my back (for blood flow) and it can be a bit uncomfortable when you wear something that hits right across that area. I have shifted to a more sports bra style and that seems to help.

Overall: I would recomend it.



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