What is included in the preoperative consultation for 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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Consultation is required for the patient to understand the magnitude of the intended procedure. Discussion should include possible complications and necessary scars, and the patient should have the opportunity to view pictures of an average TRAM flap result. Some patients find it helpful to speak to a prior patient who was once in a similar situation. Answer all questions to give the patient realistic expectations. Preoperative laboratory examination is directed by the patient's medical condition. At minimum, perform the following:

  • CBC count

  • Electrolytes

  • Urinalysis

  • Chest radiograph

  • ECG

  • Type and screen


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