Okay to run marathon after TRAM surgery?

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Question from DinaS: I am a marathon runner and am scheduled for free TRAM breast reconstruction in August and was wondering if it would be reasonable to think I would be able to run a marathon 7.5 months after surgery? Thanks.
Answers - Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. Congratulations, I give you a lot of credit for being able to run a marathon in the first place!
Joseph Serletti We have many patients who before free TRAM flap breast reconstruction have lived very active lives, including hard-core sports. We usually have patients hold back on resuming those activities until 6 weeks after their surgery. At 6 weeks after their surgery, they can gradually get back to normal activities, including the full spectrum of athletics. I would fully expect any patient of mine who has been a marathon runner to be able to run a substantial race 7 months after surgery.

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