Our own Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. co-founder Dr. Carl Hartrampf is world-renowned in the field of reconstructive plastic surgery for his invention and implementation of the original TRAM flap breast reconstruction procedure. TRAM, or transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous, surgery utilizes a portion of a woman’s abdominal fat, muscle, and skin to reconstruct a breast that has been removed or affected by a cancer-eliminating mastectomy. Because the TRAM method-constructed breast maintains its own blood supply and utilizes a patient’s own tissue, it tends to produce a more symmetrical, natural looking breast than those reconstructed using a saline or silicone breast implant that has been placed beneath the skin.
There are two versions of TRAM breast reconstruction surgery performed at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, the Pedicled TRAM and the Free TRAM procedures. During a pedicled TRAM flap the connection to blood vessels within the abdominal tissue is maintained as it is shifted subcutaneously to its new position. During a free TRAM procedure, the donor tissue is completed separated from the blood supply before being repositioned as a new breast.
Frequently Asked Questions about TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
As regular lecturers at the SESPRS-sponsored Breast Surgery Symposium, Atlanta Plastic Surgery’s team of reconstructive surgeons is dedicated to advancing the field of cosmetic breast reconstruction. Click on our individual plastic surgeon’s links below to learn more about facial, breast, and body reconstruction procedures.