TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis muscle) flap is a type of breast
reconstruction surgery. The surgeon takes muscle and tissue from the lower
belly and moves it to the chest area. This reduces the amount of fat and skin
in the lower belly and results in a "tummy tuck."
TRAM may be done as either a pedicle flap (which means the tissue is
pulled under the skin and attached in the chest area without cutting its blood
supply) or a free flap (which means the tissue and blood vessels are cut and
reattached in the chest area).
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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