What is included in patient education about unipedicled TRAM breast reconstruction?

Updated: Feb 14, 2019
  • Author: Michael R Zenn, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Consultation is required so that the patient understands the magnitude of the procedure she is about to undergo. Consultation should include discussion of possible complications, necessary scars, and the opportunity to view pictures of an average TRAM flap result. For some patients, speaking to a prior patient who was once in a similar situation is helpful. Answer all questions so that the patient has realistic expectations.


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