Clinical follow up of the lateral thoracodorsal flap in breast reconstruction: comparative evaluation from two plastic surgical centres.

Abstract

A follow up study that compared the results from two plastic surgical centres comprised 95 patients after breast reconstruction with the lateral thoracodorsal (LTD) flap combined with either a smooth or textured saline-filled implant. It was conducted a median of 39 months (range 15-67) after the reconstruction. We investigated the size of the reconstructed breast and LTD flap, symmetry of the breasts, orientation of the mastectomy scar, and the rate of capsular contracture, which were similar in the two centres. However, according to the modified Baker classification and applanation tonometry reconstructions with smooth-surfaced implants and drainage of the implant pocket resulted in softer breasts (p = 0.03). The LTD flap technique in breast reconstruction was a good choice, particularly for women who required a minor breast reconstruction, and the technique can be recommended for suitable patients.

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@article{Lossing2000ClinicalFU, title={Clinical follow up of the lateral thoracodorsal flap in breast reconstruction: comparative evaluation from two plastic surgical centres.}, author={Clas Lossing and Hans Holmstr{\"{o}m and Maj Malm and Lennart K Blomqvist}, journal={Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery}, year={2000}, volume={34 4}, pages={331-8} }