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    Tram flap

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      geekling

      Unable to be of help but I do support you, wish to comfort you for the trials to come and express my sympathy for what you have been through.

      Im so sorry. It id my hope thst this will put to on a solid road back to a really good life.

      3 months ago
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      If you are on Facebook, there are some groups specific to tram flap procedure.
      You can probably find your answers there.
      Best of luck to you.

      3 months ago
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      Jouska

      My TRAM flap was done using the muscle from my abdomen and rerouting it, so to speak, up to where breasts would be. So it was far more than skin. In fact my breast skin remained, it is what is underneath that was built from my muscle and fat tissue. It was done at the same time my double mastectomy was done. Although I really like how natural my "breasts" look, there is a long term impact from moving around muscles. I am not sure how it works when they take a muscle from your back as I assume they disconnect it and remove it from its current location. For at least a couple of years, my muscle would "grab" when I was running up or down stairs. Not painful but weird and unsettling. My doctor told me there would be no physical impact other than I wouldn't be able to do extreme sports like rock climbing, which I don't do. However, I do find I cannot lift as much as I used to and I do feel it afterwards. I have horses and I need to be able to lift a 50 lb bag of grain or a bale of hay. So I would talk to your doctor about long term impact on your strength, your core, back health etc. I liked the tram flap because it used my own muscle and tissue and blood supply. Since you are just talking about skin, I am not sure we are talking about the same thing. I would get clarification from your doctor about what is moving where.

      3 months ago
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    Breast reconstruction

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    Breast reconstruction

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      Are you wondering about differeny types of reconstruction? I researched the choices and decided I wanted a Bilateral DIEP flap. Didnt want implants due to radiation. Then I went to 3 plastic surgeons for their suggestoons and chose the one who could meet my needs and had a 99% success rate. I have been very pleased.

      3 months ago
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      It's a very personal choice. Some women I know chose to be "flat" after cancer. Find out all you can and make an informed choice.

      3 months ago
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