And the disadvantages?
Latissimus Dorsi Muscle Reconstruction – overview
|Operation time:||Normally between 3 and 5 hours|
|Hospital Stay:||Between 5 and 7 days|
|Type of Anaesthesia:||General anaesthetic|
|Recovery Time:||Around 6 to 8 weeks|
|Risks of Surgery include:||Bruising and swelling. Scarring.
Less common problems include infection and haematoma. Seroma (swelling in the back where blood/body fluid has collected) is more common. When lymph nodes are cleared, there’s sometimes a risk of lymphedema.
Other risks include loss of the skin flap that’s been used for the reconstruction; blood transfusion (unlikely); shoulder and back stiffness; aches and pains; implant extrusion (when the body rejects the implant); and capsular contracture (excessive or invasive scar tissue formation).
|Further Treatment:||Check up with your surgeon/registrar.
Visits to the Hospital Dressing Clinic.
Regular visits to Outpatients department for injections if tissue expanders are used.
In some cases, a second operation to replace the tissue expanders with a permanent implant
|Nipple reconstruction:||Around 3 months later|
|Nipple Tattooing:||1 month after reconstruction (by your surgical team)|