Q&A: Is the delayed breast reconstruction tram flap the best option and can I also give you a tummy tuck?
posted on 2/20/2015
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I was wanted to know Delayed Breast Reconstruction Tram Flap is the best way to go does this also give u a tummy tuck I was told no- Tina
Yes, a completion tummy tuck can be performed at the same time as a DIEP flap or TRAM flap. It is my preference to perform the DIEP flap because it preserves the muscle and strength on your abdomen.
--J. Jason Wendel, MD
All TRAM flap reconstructions give some form of a tummy tuck based on how the tissue flap is harvested.
--Barry L Eppley, M.D., D.M.D.
A TRAM flap is an excellent procedure for a delayed breast reconstruction. Once healed, it provides a trouble-free lifetime reconstruction. It DOES provide an effective “tummy tuck”. It can be done either as a pedicled flap, or as a free flap or DIEP flap. For many patients, this is the best reconstruction, but not all patients are good candidates. You need to visit a qualified board certified plastic surgeon who does this procedure to determine what is best for you.
--Kevin F Hagan, MD
Yes it does give you a tummy tuck, because the tissue from the lower part of the tummy is used to reconstruct the breast.
--Rodney A. Green, MD, FACS
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