How Long is Recovery from TRAM Flap Reconstruction?
It takes about six to eight weeks to recover from a tram flap reconstruction. After your surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room where you will stay in the hospital for about two to four days. I will place drains in your reconstructed breasts and in your abdominal donor site, putting you in a compression girdle to wear for six weeks to reduce swelling and bruising. My team and I will also give you specific instructions to follow for your recovery, including how to take care of your incision sites.
Since you had surgery on your chest and abdomen, it may take you longer to recover from tram flap surgery. You may find it difficult to sit down or get up from sitting due to your abdominal surgery, but I can show you how to use your other muscles to compensate until your abdominal muscles heal. I usually recommend that you avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for about six weeks after your procedure. However, once your breasts have fully healed you will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your breasts.