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tram flap bilateral reconstruction after radiation

I have been diagnosed with T1a DCIS and am seriously considering tram flap surgery, but need time to do research. Since I don't know if I'll do the surgery and only have a short time to begin radiation so that it will be effective, I'll likely begin the radiation shortly (will last 7 weeks) and then consider the surgery later. I have met with a plastic surgeon and believe that I can still have the surgery after radiation if I wait at least 6 months for the site to heal. Is that your understanding as well? Also, I would like some "real time" input from patients who have had similar surgery. Is there a forum where I am most likely to find folks who have had bilateral tram flap surgery who can give me some candid input? Thank you!

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January 28, 2010 3:04 PM

Your surgeon advised you very well. You are absolutely eligible to have a TRAM flap after you have radiation. And, waiting 6 months after your radiation treatment is a wise decision as (more)

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