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Questions about Mastectomy with Flap Reconstruction.
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|2/11/2011||I had a dorsi flap reconstruction in October 2007. I have continual pulling in my back and have this tight feeling under my arm all the time. I did have radiation after the flap. This is unbearable. Can I have this reversed or removed, or can the plastic surgeon make it more comfortable|
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|2/11/2011||Lat dorsi flaps involve taking back muscle as well as placing an implant underneath of it for volume purposes. Implants and radiation is a bad combination. always has been. losing muscle is also problematic. So consideration of seeing a plastic surgeon with experience in trying to correct such problems is a good option. though the muscle can't be put back per se, other procedures may be possible to make your more comfortable and improve your quality of life. if you want to come our way just call 443-287-2778. We do a lot of "fixing" and "re-does" for patients having had reconstruction elsewhere.|
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