have just been diagnosed with DCIS and will be having a full mastectomy and immediate reconstruction.
I have been told that I am suitable for a TRAM flap - thank god for that tummy that I always wanted to get rid of!
I could have the choice of a free or a pedicled TRAM flap - with a greater risk of rejection on the free TRAM flap, but likely abdominal weakness and back pain as after effects of the pedicled TRAM flap. I am fairly active and enjoy gardening and dancing, and really want to be able to do these after surgery without feeling limited as a result of having opted for the TRAM flap.
I have seen discussions on the impact of a TRAM immediately after surgery but can anyone tell me about how it all feels, say a year afterwards - pedicled or free?
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