TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis muscle) flap is a type of breast reconstruction surgery. The surgeon takes muscle and tissue from the lower belly and moves it to the chest area. This reduces the amount of fat and skin in the lower belly and results in a "tummy tuck."
TRAM may be done as either a pedicle flap (which means the tissue is pulled under the skin and attached in the chest area without cutting its blood supply) or a free flap (which means the tissue and blood vessels are cut and reattached in the chest area).
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Douglas A. Stewart, MD, FRCPC - Medical Oncology Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart, MD, FRCPC - Medical Oncology & Laura S. Dominici, MD - Surgery, General Surgery, Oncology