I had a tram flap in 2003 about a month post op I developed lymphedema. Now five years, later I am recovering (22 days ago) from emergency surgery due to a bowel obstruction. Six inches of my intestines were removed. I was told this was from scar tissue from prior abdominal surgery and there were what appeared to be surgical hooks (?) that the intestine wrapped around? Is the result of my tram flap? If so how come this is not listed as one of the complications. I suppose I knew I was always at risk for lympedema but this was life saving surgery. I would appreciate any information.
Dear ccluvtohike: Any time a surgery is done, there is risk for scar tissue (adhesions) developing in the area of the surgery. Everyone scars differently with some forming more scar tissue than others. If scar tissue forms around the bowel, there is risk of obstruction. This is certainly not a common risk from tram flap. Your plastic surgeon would be better able to comment on any “hooks” that were used in the procedure.
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