The extended latissimus dorsi flap (LD) is used in breast reconstruction since the 70's. LD flap is often used in corrective surgery in cases of unsatisfactory cosmetic results after breast-conserving therapy. In our department LD flap has several uses. In addition to free microvascular flaps - which applies in breast reconstructive surgery is routine, there are clinical situations where the use of pedicled LD flap is justified. The main indications for its use are: the inability to apply microvascular flap, the general condition (diabetes, advanced atherosclerosis), smoking, previous surgery of abdominal wall, abdominal obesity, patient preferences. Approximately 30% of patients after breast reconstruction require corrective procedures. Group which uses extended LD flap account for 24 patients. In 16 cases it was used for elective breast reconstruction. In the remaining eight cases it was used in the corrective procedures symmetry and shape of the previously reconstructed breast. Based on our own experience it can be concluded that the LD flap with an alternative to microvascular techniques. Complication rate when using the LD flap is relatively low and includes: seroma and slight motor disability of the shoulder girdle.
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