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Pain after tram flap surgery

Jun 24, 2008 - 8 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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