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tram flap reconstruction

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Joined: Oct 2011

ok i had a tram flap march 1st 2012. i had a few complications but am working thru it. my questions for anyone with this surgery is when to the bulges under your breast go down and why on occasion do they feel like they are having spasms. i have a relatively small bugle over my stomach incision that hurts unless i wear a girdle that i have never done as i have never been really big enough in my mind to to wear it. it wears me out if i dont wear it by noon. so i wear it. i have become allergic to latex recent so i can only wear cotton underclothes so i have to wear a cotton cami under my girdle or i break out in hives. i have one breast that was radiated in 1996 so it is very sensitive. i have to wear something cotton under a bra if i could wear a bra. at this point the bulges under my breast get painful and swollen if i wear a bra and it slips up anyway cause the sizes of my fub is not much bigger than the bulges under them. has anyone been thru this that can let me know if it will really get any better or do i need to just except this as my life. thanks a bunch. i'm just a little tired of all this at this point. :) pat

jendrey's picture
Posts: 377
Joined: Sep 2009

I haven't had a tram flap -- yet, sorry can't help you there.

But about a bra being uncomfortable on your sensitive skin; have you considered trying a sports bra? Or perhaps, even a full bodysuit/shaper like this one at eBay:


I don't know the seller, I was just trying to find one to show you what I meant.

Of course, you could always get one directly from Bali but they charge about 3 times as much:



Posts: 21
Joined: Oct 2011

thanks for responding and sorry i did so late. just seems there are not that many with my issues i guess. but i have developed an allergy to laytex, spandex, and so on. so i have to wear cotton camis and cotton undies to be able to wear anything with that kind of material. i got a cotton bra... so much for support but it help the normal fuboob from giggling. the radiated one is sensitive to almost everyhing. i cut some bushes friday and the bush was wet so i broke out in hives. i wore a shelf bra top that was 90% cotton and 10% spandex. my fuboobs moved a little in the top... it burnt me. that was 4 or 5 wks ago and i still cant get it to look or act normal. i am beginning to think the radiated breast may fail .. after all this.......but any ways thank you so much for responding. i'm a work in progress :)

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Joined: Oct 2009

Make sure that your PS checks the abdominal bulge as a frequent side effect of TRAM surgeries can be a hernia. In fact, before I had mine, my PS made me talk with someone who had had a TRAM and the lady that spoke with me had had to deal with a hernia after TRAM. I never have had a hernia and I understand they are less frequent now, but can still occur. You may have a little infection, a hypertrophic scar, a hernia, or normal scarring, but I would let the PS decide.

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