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
this surgery is very invasive and it is true that some procedures cut the abdominal muscle others don't. Here is a link for you:
As I am not sure what happened to your client but have worked with women that had the surgery with attached abdominal muscle. Here is another helpful link: http://www.pinkribbonprogram.com/
There is a lot of pain and lack of mobility. I can not make a clear recommendation based on your statement but those 2 links maybe helpful. If you like reach out to me and clarify.
I really appreciate all the advice to do my job well (aka - do the research, consult available medical and pt). I would never do things any other way, actually - as would any true professional.