Breast Reconstruction Using Tissue from the Upper Back

The Operation In Short

The muscles and skin from the Rachi region are often used for Breast Reconstruction procedures using three different methods. Mr. Constantinos Benetatos often uses this flap in breast reconstruction procedures especially when patients have or will be irradiated as it gives better aesthetic results than restorative surgery with the addition of only one silicone insert.

1) Broad Back Muscle (classic)

This method is also the most common method of breast reconstruction in which the muscles and the skin over the flat dorsum are taken from the back area and used for rehabilitation, and then a silicone insert behind the muscle is added to the area of ​​the new breast, in order to give more volume.



2) Extended Broad Back Muscle

This method of intervention avoids the use of an insert, as the muscle removed from the back (with the skin) contains enough fat, which is then used to give the desired volume to the breast.




3) Mini Broad Back Muscle

This method is used when only a part of the breast has been removed (as in breast preservation surgery) and therefore it is required to move a small amount of muscle tissue only (usually no skin) to the surgical breast to fill the gap was created. This procedure can not be used in cases of full mastectomy.



Recovery from Surgical Operation and Final Outcome

The patient's residence time in the hospital

Usually six days.

Duration of surgery

From three to four (3-4) hours.

Stay in bed

Patients will need to remain bedridden for two (2) days, during which the addition of a bladder catheter will be necessary.

Mobilize a patient

After four (4) days they will be able to move, and after ten (10) days they will walk without feeling any inconvenience. After four weeks of recovery, they will be able to exercise and after two to three months they will have fully recovered and will be able to return to their workplace.

The bandages

Patients will wear some gauze in the chest and back area that should stay for one (1) week and then an elastic pressure corset / bra for four (4) weeks.
There is also a probability of approximately five percent (5%) of post-operative back pain such as shoulder stiffness, fluid collection and possible inflammation.

In addition, there is a probability of three percent (2%) of problems in the area of ​​the recurrent breast, such as the infection around the insert, and the partial or complete failure of the surgery.

Finally, there is a low risk of long-term post-operative problems such as hardening of the insert and asymmetry with the contralateral breast.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or wish to be further informed about the operation and its costs.