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Long term effects of LD flap reconstruction


Re: Long term effects of LD flap reconstruction

Hi Jayelcee 

Thanks for posting asking about LD flap reconstruction.  

This type of reconstruction uses the latissimus dorsi (LD) muscle, which is a large muscle that lies in the back just below the shoulder blade.    

After fully recovering from an LD flap reconstruction, some women may notice weakness in the shoulder during everyday activities. Having a possible weakness will be an important consideration if you’re very active, including if you regularly swim.  Other activities that can be affected include climbing, rowing, playing tennis or golf. So, it’s important to consider this when deciding which option of reconstruction is best.   

Treatment teams would usually include a beast surgeon and plastic surgeon, if you are considering reconstruction and would be best placed to talk through the advantages and disadvantages of LD flap reconstruction. They would also discuss what possible reconstruction options may be most suitable for an individual depending on their body shape, general health and other considerations such as lifestyle and activities that are important to an individual.   

Our booklet Breast reconstruction has further information.   

The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons and the Association of Breast Surgeons have also produced a guide on breast reconstruction that may be helpful.   

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Long term effects of LD flap reconstruction

I’d like to know the best sources of information including most recent research on the long-term effects on upper body strength of LD flap reconstruction. 
Is it suitable for keen leisure swimmers?