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Has anyone had a reconstructive flap surgery having taken fat from the stomach? If so, how long did it take you to recover? Is there any advice you can give?

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Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Yep, I had one in 2007. Tram flap. It's a difficult surgery. A double whammy, since your having operations on both your breast and your abdomen. Mine was a little over 5 hours. The recovery is fairly long. You've got the breast thing going, with the drains and everything else that goes along with it. Then, you've had major abdominal surgery and you'll have a pretty big scar. Standing, coughing, walking, etc. take a while. Your doctor will give you a whole list of do's and don't's. The upside is that you end up with a pretty good result.
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  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I did the DIEP flap. Tram flap uses some ab muscle the DIEP flap only uses fat. It's a big surgery after after about 3 weeks we went away for a 4 day weekend. I wasn't 100% but I was good shape.
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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had my Tram Flap on 11/29 so it has been almost 8 weeks. I still have pain. I also had complications due to the tamoxifen. I got blood clots in my lungs (PE). I had one area on the side of breast that came open. But the PS was able to close it. I will be returning to work this week. My advice is to make sure you have a good support system in place. There is not much you can do for six to eight weeks. Listen to your body and if there is anything not normal...tell your PS! Feel free to ask me more questions.
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  • Mary Chase Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I also had the DIEP flap. I can't really comment on the recovery because I had complications due to previous abdominal scarring and my abdominal incision opened up. I have had to use a wound vac since Dec. 21. My surgery was Nov. 13. But , I am very happy with the results. It is a tough surgery and the first week is difficult. You will not be able to stand up straight for 1-2 weeks. Also, my PS told me no abdominal exercises like sit ups for 6 months.
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  • L Butler Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a tram flap on 10/24/12. Before your surgery be sure to take the best care of yourself. Eat healthy, keep hydrated with lots of water, take a women multivitamin , & exercise daily. You want to be in the best health ever. Expect a long, but steady recovery. physical therapy has really helped me with getting back my strength in my stomach muscles & arms. I'm still not 100%, but am happy with my new breast & tommy tuck. Best of luck & god bless
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    • L Butler Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Here's my email address if you have questions. It's major surgery
      Butlerpartyof4@msn.com

      about 7 years Flag
    • Bonnie Irwin Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi. I was wondering how you are doing after your Tram Flap. I am almost 8 weeks out. I'd love to hear your progress. Mine has been a slow process. Today I had sharp burning pains along my abdominal incision.

      about 7 years Flag

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