TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
A TRAM flap surgery is a surgical breast reconstruction technique in which tissue from the lower abdominal wall is grafted onto the chest. The procedure's name comes from "Transverse Rectus Abdominis Muscle", from which a small portion is removed, along with fat, skin and blood vessels. The flap can either remain attached to its original blood supply, or be connected to the new site using advanced microsurgical techniques that Dr. Feledy is uniquely trained in.
“There is no question my mind that Dr. Feledy is probably one of the best surgeons doing breast reconstruction today. I had seen multiple doctors and surgeons and he is the one I truly trusted with my situation.” —K.M.
View Dr. Feledy's breast reconstructions with flap before and after results. These are actual surgical patients.
TRAM Flap Surgery
Am I a good candidate for TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction?
TRAM flap breast reconstruction is suitable for many women who have undergone a mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Other indications that suggest suitability for the procedure include:
- Failure of other breast reconstruction methods
- Other types of breast or chest wall deformities
- Unusually large or small opposite breast that is difficult to match with an implant
Prospective patients should have realistic expectations for surgical outcomes and be coping well with their cancer diagnosis and treatments.
What happens during the breast reconstruction surgery?
Breast reconstruction is a major operation that takes place in a hospital setting. After general anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Feledy will remove the tissue flap from your abdomen and graft it onto the new site. This may be combined with a breast implant to provide optimal results. After reconstructing the breast, which may include creating a new nipple and areola, Dr. Feledy will closes all incisions.
What happens after the TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Most patients will require between four and five days of hospitalization before they can return home after this procedure. It may take six to eight weeks before normal activities can be resumed, although each patient is different and needs to recover at her own pace.