In this procedure, the breast with cancer is surgically removed, and a portion of the abdomen tissue group, including skin, adipose tissues, minor muscles and connective tissues, is taken from the patient's abdomen and transplanted onto the breast site.
This procedure is preferred by some breast cancer patients because it combines a mastectomy with a abdominoplasty, and allow the breast to be reconstructed with one's own tissues instead of a foreign implant. It is contraindicated for patients who need abdominal strength, since the muscle removal weakens the abdomen.
|The TRAM Flap Procedure|
|Identification of the target and donor sites||Raising the flap and transposing it to the target site||The result of the reconstruction|
Assessment of the abdominal wall function after pedicled TRAM flap surgery for breast reconstruction: Use of modified mesh repair for the donor defect
Jul 01, 2010; Introduction The pedicled TRAM flap has been the workhorse of autologous breast reconstruction since it was first described in...
Exploring women's experiences of TRAM flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.(Transverse rectus abdominus musculocutaneous)
Jan 01, 2008; Breast cancer is a pertinent health issue for women around the world. In Australia, breast cancer is the most common cancer...