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Pain after tram flap surgery

Jun 24, 2008 - 9 comments
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Hi I just need to find someone who has gone thru what my mother is going thru now. My mom had the tram flap surgery to reconstruct her left breast. The mesh that was placed there during the surgery had crumpled so the Dr. suggested another surgery and she said once it was done that she tightened up the mesh. Well since that 2nd surgery my mom is in tremendous pain in her lower side. We have been to all the Dr.s and they have no idea what could be the problem. Does anyone know what this could be from?

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by lillie6419, Jul 05, 2011
Hi I had the tram flap surgery 2 years ago while having a mascetomy, I have been in tremdous pain, stomach swelling, pain in back and uterus area since this surgery, it has been a living hell. I have had every test on earth and they cannot find any problems. I to had to go through the mesh repair three times. I try to work but pain in my stomach and back from sitting or standing to long becomes unbareable. My plastic surgeon that did the procedure will not see me any longer, she stated she has never had anyone with a problem with this procedure along with there should not be a problem, because she put in the strongest mesh their is. I feel my family is getting tired of me laying or being in pain. I JUST WANT MY LIFE BACK, this is crazy "Why did I do this procedure"? If anyone know anything please post. I notice on TV they had a recall on transvaginal Mesh with a attorney's number, from so many complaints.

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by ICancervive, Dec 19, 2011
I just had the tram flap in July of this year.  I had major, major complications, my incisions, all 3 broke down and opened up.  I have been out of work since July, and won't be back until January.  I had to have a wound vac on all 3 wounds, they took months to heal.  Pain is an every day thing for me.  I have shooting, stabbing pains from out of the blue in my abdomen, and down into the vaginal area. My back is killing me because I haven't been able to stand up properly since July.  I thank God everyday for my husband and my 2 sons because they have literally taken over everything for the last 5 months.   Again.  They were doing everything for me for months after my mastectomies and cancer treatment.  I hope someone figures out what is causing the pain and we can all get our lives back.  I don't know about anyone else, but I never even imagined how much my life would change when I found out I had breast cancer. Its been 2 years now, and I hope it starts getting better soon.

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by Kat3js, Jan 07, 2014
I just had the tram flap surgery 7 weeks ago and my stomach is not healing and it busting bk open . And under the breast is also busting open . I went bk to the doctor about it and they tell me it's ok . If I had read these post first I would never have had it . And I did not know they would be using mesh .


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by skiver, Feb 16, 2014
I had the tram flap surgery in 2003.  It has caused me serve pain every since. Stretching w I lol give little relief at times. I go through severe muscle spasms right to mid back.  I do recommend this to anyone. If you do more Research it is becoming obsolete.  We were used for there were no long term study. We are living proof.  Life is misserable.

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by barb136, Aug 25, 2014
Hello - reading the initial post, I couldn't help but wonder if my son wrote the post!!!???  I'd really like to be able to talk to some of you personally - this is a very frustrating and lonely feeling pain!!!

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by cat5953, May 26, 2015
Pain after Diep flap breast reconstruction.
I had a double Mastectomy and diep flap reconstruction on Jan. 4, 2013.  I was in surgery for 17 hours.  Intensive care for 5 days.  On a wound vac for 2 and a half months.  Chemotherapy followed 4 months after surgery.  The chemo caused so many issues on its own.  Sever neuropathy from the waist down that has continued to get worse.  One year after surgery, radiation for 6weeks.  This caused the breast on the right side to shrink and lift up.  Now I am having horrible spasms on the right side of my manmade belly button.  They last anywhere from few seconds to minutes.  Mainly happening when sitting on the floor and bending over.  Or laying on my back, flat!  EXcruciating!!!!  I have been on narcotic for two and a half years and nothing helps.  I cannot stand or sit in one spot for any extended amount of time.  Seems like I am adding a new symptom monthly.  One top of all this, I have Lymphedema and Graves disease, thyroid eye disease.  God, please give me a break.  I am speaking to the man himself.... please.

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by ShellyPete, Oct 23, 2016
I had Muscle sparing Tram flap reconstruction almost a year after my double mastectomy due to the BRCA1 gene.  Surgery was 12 hours intensive care for 5 days.  They took the breast drains out before I left the hospital and left the two abdominal drains in until the 2 week check up.  Pain was horrible slept on the couch for a few weeks. They took one drain out but the one on the right was still draining so they left it in.  Told me to keep a journal of the fluid amount.  Week later it was down.  So, I called they got me in the next day because the drive is 2 hours.  Felt fine then all of the sudden I felt like I was really swollen and looked at the incision in my stomach are and there was an seeping fluid out called the Doctor right away, she had me send photos and she said it was due to the stiches irrigating to call if the pain got worse and the site got more red.  
I had almost not needed pain medication then all of a sudden I was taking it every 4 to 6 hours.  So, I called they got me in that day a friend drove since its just me and my 16 year old.  Well, she opened the spot and fluid pored out and she open another spot and the same thing happened. So, now I am packing two wound sites and still in a lot of pain and the feeling of my left side being hard like the right side was until the fluid release.  I go back to her on Tuesday and hopefully I will get more answers since I have to go back to work this coming week.

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by mszw2, Nov 17, 2016
had tram flap surgery in 2012....Yesterday I woke up with HORRIBLE burning pain in my breast. The pain radiated around to under my arm. I had a ton of issues because of the open wound but that shouldn't have anything to do with the breast. it is kind of strange that I feel that the pain is actually in my breast and not any further into my body. The pain in my breast is is right in the center of my breast. My under my arm feels like a really bad sunburn...Has anyone have/had  this so far out of surgery?

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by lastof7, Jan 12, 2017
I was diagnosed in 2015 with breast cancer on my left breast and was treated with a lumpectomy and 33 rounds of radiation at a local hospital. I went back for my first follow-up mammogram and they saw 2 suspicious spots on my mammogram on my left breast and they biopsied both of them. The pathology report came back that I had atypical adenosis but that it looked like my last year’s DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ). With that diagnosis my surgeon would recommend a mastectomy on my left breast. I was not satisfied with that diagnosis, saying that it just looked like last year’s DCIS so I had a very kind and understanding surgeon who told me to go to the Mayo clinic. I went to Mayo and their pathologist said that my specimen showed DCIS grade 3. The Mayo doctor told me I had a very large area of cancer (over 3 centimeters and she said if she even had to take a guess she thought the cancer was throughout my whole breast) and not only that, but it was there prior to doing my lumpectomy and radiation in 2015. So the lumpectomy and radiation I had done in 2015 was basically for nothing.  She said now I had to have a mastectomy on the left and because I was so big I had to have at least reduction on my right. I was devastated!!!! I came back home and spoke to my oncologist here at my hospital and he suggested a double mastectomy because Mayo also told me that I had a 20% chance of getting cancer in my right breast (the non-cancer breast) and because I have a blood clotting disorder called SNAPS whereby I could not take Tamoxifen which would reduce my risk of getting cancer on my right side and since I had to have surgery on my right side anyway (because I was so busty) and because if I got cancer on my right side I would have go through all this all over again and would I really want to do that, why shouldn't I just have a double mastectomy?--it made more sense to him. So I decided on a double mastectomy.  I had a double mastectomy with what I thought was a DIEP flap, but ended up being a muscle sparing Tram flat (I found that out later from another plastic surgeon I went to) on 5/25/2016. I was in the hospital for a week and was not told until my first surgical checkup appointment on 6/9/2016 that the pathology report came back that NO CANCER WAS FOUND AT ALL, I basically did this whole procedure for NOTHING! The pathology report came back with “a minute focus of flat epithelial atypia, but no evidence of insitu or invasive carcinoma”. The flat epithelial atypia would have meant that they would have just had to watch me carefully and check on me. So now since the surgery I have chronic neuropathy pain-nerve damage pain from the surgery. I don't know if anyone else feels this, but it's like I want to rip my boobs off. It feels like the tights corset is around my waist and my boobs. I describe it to my husband like it feels like I'm wearing a suit of armor on the font side of me and it hurts so bad. I want to take it off so bad. I'm on over 375mg of Lyrica which helps with the neuropathy, but I've put on over 20 pounds. Which make the stomach area even tighter and it hurts even more. Does anyone else experience neuropathy pain after a DIEP flap or muscle sparing tram flap or mastectomies? I looked it up and there is a name for women who have mastectomies and experience neuropathy after mastectomies. It's like 20-30% of women and it's called - postmastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS). I've gone to this last pain doctor and she actually asked me if I was going to a behavioral therapist. I was like are you joking, I'm in terrible pain, I can't hug anymore, I can't pick up anything and hold it to my chest, I can't hug my 15 year old daughter, I can't pick up my year old nephew, I can't cuddle with my husband  or even hold each other, much less have sex anymore (we are in our 40's) . My life in essence has completely been torn apart. I'm very disabled by the pain. Just wondering if anyone else experiences this kind of pain especially on your new boobs. Like you just want to rip them off, they feel so tight and painful and I don't even know how to explain it other than they feel numb but also hurt. I wish I could explain the pain better.

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