Pedicled TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction Overview
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Overall health is more important than age. Most (not all) women with breast cancer, at high risk for breast cancer or a history of breast cancer are safe candidates for the procedure.
Insurance covers this procedure.
To reconstruct the breast(s) without the need for an implant and improve abdominal contour.
You may need to keep your hips flexed at all times for 1-2 weeks to help minimize the tension on your abdominal skin incision. You also need to keep pressure off your chest: so no sleeping on your stomach or side for ~1 month.
You are encouraged to walk around the house as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
2-4 weeks depending on your type of work.
It can persist for 3-6 months.
Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks.
Absent breast(s) after mastectomy
Deformed breast(s) after lumpectomy
Deformed breast(s) after radiation
Deformed breast(s) after another type of reconstruction.
Patients cannot be using any nicotine-containing substances. Eat lots of protein
2-3 days on a regular inpatient floor.
You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.
After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.
3 weeks for light exercise. 4 weeks for regular exercise. 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.
Wait 3 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period. No one except you can touch your new breast(s) for 8 weeks.
Risks & Complications
Partial flap loss. Fat necrosis. Abdominal wall hernia. Abdominal wall bulge. Hematoma, Seroma, Infection, Poor scarring, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Skin necrosis, Asymmetry, Numbness, Thromboembolism, Contour irregularities, Need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.
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