Long-term effects of TRAM flap?

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Question from PatJ: Have there been any studies about the long-term effects of the TRAM flap—i.e. strength, mobility or effects on other parts of the body such as the back or the knees?
Answers - Maurice Nahabedian Excellent question! There have been studies that look at abdominal functions and how these altered functions will affect other parts of the body. It is well known that one of the ways to improve lower back pain is to do more abdominal exercising, and in cases where those muscles have been removed, this becomes difficult. Some comparative studies in which DIEP and SIEA flaps have been performed have demonstrated a superiority in maintaining abdominal and back strength in order to minimize future problems with this.

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