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Breast Reconstruction: A Visual Explanation Of A Tram Flap Procedure

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One type of breast reconstruction is called the TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous) Flap. This procedure takes skin and muscle from the lower abdomen and places it in the breast area.

After the general surgeon performs the mastectomy, the plastic surgeon performs a lower abdominal procedure by taking the tissue and tunneling through the upper abdomen and then placing it inside the breast. It is then inset and sewn together, creating an attractive breast mound using the patient's own tissue.

As a bonus, this also acts as a tummy tuck in the lower abdomen by making the stomach tight and firm. The recovery is perhaps a little bit longer at four to six weeks. However, the results are excellent.

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