Smoke-free before TRAM surgery?

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Question from Di: How long should one be smoke-free before TRAM surgery can be considered?
Answers - Carolyn Chang That is something that's controversial among surgeons. I like for my patients to be off smoking for at least two weeks; however, I prefer six weeks. It may be that due to the amount of smoking that someone does that they are eliminated from being a candidate for TRAM surgery at that time. It depends on the overall health and other co-morbidity factors that that patient has and the amount that they smoke.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

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