This week, Dr. James Craigie of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your questions.
Q. Is there any surgery for a Tram flap patient with a belly bulge, no hernia? Breast reconstruction was great and there were no complications. I have heard that mesh can be used, does this flatten the belly, or would I be at risk for complications such as a hernia?
A. Hi Karen, Thank you for your question. If your tummy bulge is due to the TRAM flap procedure then it is possible that repair of the bulge using mesh could help flatten your tummy or repair the bulge. We normally check for a possible hernia by ordering a CT Scan of the tummy wall before planning this type of procedure. The findings help us determine what is the best approach and if we need to use permanent mesh or some other type. If there is no hernia then repairing the bulge should not risk creating a hernia. Depending on the situation, it is possible that the bulge could come back. Prior to this type of repair you should make sure you do all you can to avoid being overweight, as your weight can impact the success of the repair. I hope this answered your question.
Dr. James Craigie
Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction
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