GMA could you answer some ??? about tram reconstruction? I rescheduled for july 6th!

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karen in north idaho
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   Posted 5/2/2006 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
1st ? - Did either of you have a bilateral tram reconstruction?
2nd ? - How is the strength in your abdomen and if you had the mesh does it feel weird?
3rd ? - Some people say they did not really recover for at least one year! Was that true for either of you?

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   Posted 5/2/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen, Before I answer the questions, let me offer to call you on the phone if you would like to talk. I have the one price system where I can call anywhere any time in the US. If you would like to send me your phone number via email, please click on my name in the left column to get my email address.

No, neither of us had bilateral.

Carolyn lifts hay and feed bags for the animals, she does most anything she used to do, but sometimes she does hurt across her midriff where the muscle was pulled up through. Her surgeon used only one lateral muscle and did not use mesh for her. I was bigger breasted than she and when asked if I wanted to reduce my other breast I chose not to, so my surgeon used both lateral muscles and did use mesh in me. I did not feel the mesh and altho I ended up with suture problems, the mesh was not a problem for me. The tummy tuck was really nice because at 58, I was really needing something. LOL.

Yes, it definitely does take about a year to return to normal. Now that is not recovery necessarily. You can do more and more as time goes on but it takes a good two months to even stand really straight. Lifting is a problem for a little longer, but I don't know that Carolyn was real good about waiting there, either. I know she did not attempt to ride a horse for a long time because of having to get up in the saddle.

As I said I am willing to call you if you want. Or ask any other questions I can help with here.

Hugs, MK

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   Posted 5/6/2006 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a single Tram Flap done in January and am recovering quite well.  It was tough for the first few weeks, but well worth it.  The hardest part was not being able to stand straight and that does take several weeks.  I honestly don't know if I have the mesh, but think I do.  I asked the surgeon about it before hand and he said he would probably use it.  I don't feel anything.  I do, however, have a bulge where the muscle and fat was tunneled through to the breast area.  My surgeon said he might be able to make some adjustments later when I have the nipple done.  I am most likely going to have a lift/reduction on the other side at the same time as the nipple. 
Annette (Desertdreaming) had a bilateral tram done several years ago and she told me she cannot get up out of bed without rolling to the side.  So, the muscle is definitely missed. 
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.  I don't post as much as I used to, but will keep an eye out.
L & H,

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