Cooperman Plastics, conveniently located in Livingston, New Jersey, is the place to go for all of your breast reconstruction needs. Dr. Cooperman offers a wide array of services and procedures catered to women recovering from a mastectomy or other injury in order to meet their aesthetic goals. Dr. Cooperman understands that his patients are all unique, therefore, a consultation is the best way for individuals in the Livingston area to determine which reconstructive method, including the TRAM Flap Procedure, is right for them.
TRAM stands for Transverse Rectus Abdominus Myocutaneous, which is a region of the abdomen. In this sophisticated breast reconstruction technique, Dr. Cooperman takes a piece of the patient’s skin and fatty tissue from the TRAM region, and then sculpts it to create a natural looking breast. Many women prefer this reconstructive technique because it utilizes their own skin and fat to create the breast, ree a more natural look.
There are two different TRAM Flap procedures: Pedicled and Free. A Pedicled, or attached, TRAM Flap procedure involves moving the fatty tissue and skin via a tunneling method where the blood supply is left completely intact. A Free TRAM Procedure involves completely detaching the skin and fatty tissue from the body where it is then transplanted to the chest through microsurgery techniques. Because each patient is unique, Dr. Cooperman must assess each patient’s situation during a consultation in Livingston to determine which method will be most effective and aesthetically pleasing.
Breast reconstruction surgery is serious and requires about 6-8 weeks to completely recover. Dr. Cooperman prides himself on his attentiveness to each patient to ensure that they heal properly and safely to avoid any minor or major complications. Patients can expect to be hospitalized 1-2 days, but most patients are able to walk around within 24 hours of the procedure. Nurses will drain fluids and a catheter will be used for the first 24 hours following the procedure. Tubes used to collect drainage are removed after 5-10 days along with dressings. Compression garments may be applied to minimize swelling depending on the progress of healing.
Patients are typically sore for the first 2 weeks and advised not to bend, lift, or pick anything up. Patients should refrain from lifting anything over 5 pounds for the first 4-6 weeks.
Patients will eventually regain some sensitivity and sensation to their breasts. Some scarring will always be present but may slowly fade over time.
To determine if the TRAM Flap procedure is right for you, schedule a consultation at our Livingston office. The TRAM Flap procedure, along with the many other reconstructive breast surgeries offered by Dr. Cooperman, is a big step toward getting back to your old self after a mastectomy or traumatic injury.