Long double TRAM flap recovery time?

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Question from Grace: Is the recovery time much more than a year when a double TRAM flap was performed?
Answers - Patricia A. Ganz, M.D. Double TRAM flap means that the breast has been reconstructed from tissue usually from the abdomen to the breast area. These are big operations, and the physical recovery procedures are most significant in the first 4-6 months after the surgery. Most of what we see as far as long lasting effects are related to the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, so in spite of the initial difficulties of recovering from the TRAM flap, one can still expect a good recovery.

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