I have a new client who has had TRAM flap surgery
This is breast reconstruction (post mastectomy - breast cancer) from the Transverse and Rectus Abdominus muscle. It is my understanding that they take muscle and tissue from just ONE side.
Anyone have some good advice on training someone in this situation?
It might be a good idea to liase with her physical therapist if you have questions.
However, if I can make one suggestions, I would really take the time to educate myself before I began working with your client or perhaps look for a fitness professional on this portal who has experience working with women who have undergone breast reconstruction utilizing the TRAM flap.
I wish you all the best.
I just saw this post - sorry for the late reply.
TRAM stands for Transverse Rectus Abdominas Myocutaneous Flap. It is the Rectus Abdominas that is removed , and the amount depends on whether the plastic surgeon needs tissue for one or both breasts. I would get as much information as possible. I agree with Joanne.
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Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/L CET CPI