What is the primary advantage of TRAM breast reconstruction?

Updated: Jul 28, 2021
  • Author: Michael R Zenn, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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The primary advantage of the procedure is that the consistency of the reconstructed breast is similar to the natural breast in softness and in the way the tissue drapes on the chest. In addition, the tissue is part of the patient's body, thus it does not incite a foreign body reaction or capsular contractures that have plagued implant reconstructions. Furthermore, as scars fade and tissues soften, the reconstruction improves over time, which is the opposite fate of implant reconstructions. When performed properly in the correctly selected patient, the TRAM flap procedure produces a breast reconstruction superior to other techniques.

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