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Bel Air, MD 21014

Latissimus Flap

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after mastectomy — surgery that removes your breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer.

What is Latissimus Flap Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction with flap surgery is a type of breast reconstruction that involves taking a section of tissue from one area of your body and relocating it to create a new breast mound.

In a Latissimus Flap Breast Reconstruction procedure, the surgeon takes tissue from the latissimus dorsi muscle in your back, tunnels it underneath your skin to its new location and uses it to form a new breast mound.

How long is recovery from Latissimus Flap Breast Reconstruction?

You may be tired and sore for a few weeks after your surgery. Your doctor can prescribe medication to control your pain. You may have drainage tubes in place for a short time after your surgery to remove excess fluids that collect in the surgical site.

Wearing an elastic bandage or support bra can help keep swelling down and support your breast while it heals.

You’ll also have stitches (sutures) after your surgery. They’ll probably be absorbable sutures, though, so you won’t need to have them removed. Scarring is permanent, but the scars fade over time.

Getting back to normal activities may take up to six weeks or more. Your doctor will let you know of any restrictions to your activities, such as avoiding overhead lifting or strenuous physical activities. Don’t be surprised if it seems to take a long time to bounce back from surgery — some women report that it takes as long as a year or two before feeling completely healed and back to normal.

Generally, you’ll follow up with your plastic surgeon on a yearly basis to monitor your reconstructed breast. Make an appointment sooner than that, however, if you have concerns.

We are open and seeing patients!

In order to make the process as effective and safe as possible, we will be instituting several new measures:

  • Staff members will be wearing masks and the appropriate PPE during your visit. We also request that you wear a mask or face covering when coming to the office.
  • In order to minimize patient to patient interaction, we are asking you to call us from your car upon arrival to the parking lot.
  • Upon arrival and upon leaving the office, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer. This will be available at the front counter.
  • We will be scheduling patients with 15-minute gaps between appointments in order to disinfect rooms and to avoid patient to patient contact in the reception area.
  • If you are suffering from any upper respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms (cough, sneezing, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, etc), or if you have had recent contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please stay home and reschedule your appointment.
  • We ask that you refrain from bringing children or friends along with you to your appointment.
  • If you do not have an appointment and need to make a purchase or an appointment in person, please call our office at 410-828-9570 first so we can better assist you.

As medical professionals, we are taking this virus very seriously and will be following all infection control procedures as issued by the CDC and the Maryland Occupation Safety and Health Association.

These are interesting times we are living in and we appreciate your cooperation with the above measures.

Thank You and Stay Well,

Dr. Birely and Staff

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