Bilateral anterolateral thigh flaps for large-volume breast reconstruction

Jason J. Rosenberg, Rajiv Chandawarkar, Merrick I. Ross, Pierre M. Chevray

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Autologous tissue reconstruction of a large breast in patients who are not candidates for a TRAM flap is a difficult problem. We present a case report of the use of bilateral free anterolateral thigh (ALT) flaps for immediate reconstruction of a unilateral large breast in a patient who had a previous abdominoplasty. Use of ALT flaps allows two or three surgical teams to work simultaneously, does not require intraoperative patient repositioning, has minimal donor-site morbidity, and can provide ample malleable soft tissue for breast reconstruction. These are advantages compared to the use of gluteal donor sites. The disadvantages include more conspicuous donor-site scarring on the anterior thighs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-284
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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