Question re Tram Flap reconstruction

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/7/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I had reconstruction done 3 months ago, PS tells me it could be up to 18 months before breast has healed and shrinks. At present, my original breast is a B cup and reconstructed side is D cup, PS says it will reduce in size when fat absorbs. Also still getting pulls and tightness from tummy especially where new belly button is. What experiences has other ladies had after this type of reconstruction, do I just have to be patient.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 12/7/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my tram done several years ago and my breasts were almost the same size as soon as he was done with the surgery. I don't recall them being much different is size at all. I know there are alot of women here who have had the tram and I'm sure they will chime in too. The tummy pain and pulling is normal, it takes a long time for all of it to heal. Good luck to you!

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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't remember a significant difference in size, either, but it's been 15 years for me... I do, however, still have tightness and pulling around my "new" belly button, even after all this time. I'm sure it's from adhesions, but massage doesn't seem to break it up the way it has for the rest of my belly. Bernadette is right, it takes time for it all to heal, to stretch out, and to feel somewhat "normal" again. I would suggest going to a good physical therapist who is experienced in myofacsial release and who can teach you how to compensate properly for the loss of the abdominal muscles. Wish someone had sent me... I started having back problems a few years after the surgery, and much of it, I can attribute to the surgery. Most Plastic surgeons don't, from what I know, but I think it should be recommended for all mastecomy patients, regardless of the reconstruction.

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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
My reconstructed breast was slightly swollen, but pretty much the same size it is now and it's been a couple of years.  I had a lot of tightness in my stomach for a long time.  I can only describe it as pulling.  I kept saying my skin hurt.  That took probably a year to go away, but still, if I eat too much, it hurts some.  I didn't feel anything like normal until at least 6 months from the surgery.  Remember, this is a major surgery.  Just be patient and everything will be fine. 
L & H,

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