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Doctor insights on: Should I Lose Weight Before My Tram Flap Reconstructions Surgery

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Do you have any helpful info for an upcoming tram flap surgery?

TRAM: A tram flap performed for a one sided breast reconstruction is an appropriate procedure and not controversial. Patients with or existing back problems should be evaluated for the diep flap which sacrifice little to no muscle and typically leaves all motor nerves intact to the rectus. Also a tug flap is a good alternative. If there is a concern find a plastic surgeon experience with all of these! ...Read more

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Why would I be told I have to lose weight before I have elective surgery?

Why would I be told I have to lose weight before I have elective surgery?

Safety and success: Obesity significantly increases ur chances of death and complications with surgery. It also decreases the success rates of many surgeries. This is one of the reasons bariatric surgery is so dangerous 100% of the patients are obese. ...Read more

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How long can tissue be caught in a hernia before it becomes dead tissue, the doctor I saw said he wouldn't do the surgery til I lose weight?

How long can tissue be caught in a hernia before it becomes dead tissue, the doctor I saw said he wouldn't do the surgery til I lose weight?

No set time. : Whether tissue in a hernia dies or not is dependent on several variables. The biggest risk factor for strangulation (dead tissue) is whether it is incarcerated (stuck) in the hernia or not. If it is reducible or can be pushed back in, then the risk of dying is very low. Another big factor is the size of the hernia. Actually the bigger the hole, the lower the risk of the tissue dying. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could continue to lose weight after my surgery?

Can you tell me how I could continue to lose weight after my surgery?

Not sure which : surgery you are referring to. Once medically cleared by your surgeon - resume full physical activity. Eat healthfully & be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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What are some tips for a 400 pound person to use to lose weight without surgery?

What are some tips for a 400 pound person to use to lose weight without surgery?

Losing weight: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read more

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I am recovering from surgery. Will i be able to lose weight without exercise?

I am recovering from surgery. Will i be able to lose weight without exercise?

Yes: You can lose weight without exercise, but this is not necessarily advisable. Your first focus should be on your recovery. You can focus on weight reduction afterwards. This should include a good, balanced, nutritional diet with exercise. ...Read more

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Im thinking On doing a surgery to help me lose weight Cuz I tried everything,diet,exercice & its not working.l eat & dnt feel full Im 5'1 & weight 154?

Im thinking On doing a surgery to help me lose weight Cuz I tried everything,diet,exercice & its not working.l eat & dnt feel full Im 5'1 & weight 154?

Get a 2nd opinion: before even considering any gastric bypass surgery! For one thing, they want you to lose weight first before it can be done. Secondly, if you aren't careful you may have poor nutrient absorption after the surgery that can compromise your health longterm in many ways. You are too young & can benefit more from speaking to your doctor, and getting a 2nd opinion, and work with him/her to lose weight. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way besides surgery to lose weight?

What's the fastest way besides surgery to lose weight?

Reduce intake: Ideally, if you are able to exercise and eat less, your metabolism will be revved up and excess body fat utilized to provide energy. However, this is not a quick fix and requires a lifelong committment. If you are severely overweight or have medical issues such as heart problem, back, joint injuries, etc. You should talk to your doctor about a monitored weight loss program. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to lose weight instead of surgery?

What is the fastest way to lose weight instead of surgery?

Negative balance: Weight loss is achieved by increasing energy/caloric expenditure and decreasing caloric intake, a negative caloric balance. The combination of diet, exercise and/or restrictive surgery procedures all achieve negative caloric balance. If you can't achieve the negative balance, then surgeries are great. Try "my fitness pal" a free app to help you before surgical options. Isometrics burn calories. ...Read more

Tram Flap (Definition)

Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap is often utilized to reconstruct one or two breasts while also reducing the size of the patient's redundant abdominal tissue. The skin is cut with a horizontally oriented ellipse and remains attached to the lower end of the rectus abdominis muscle which is flipped up to carry blood supply to the skin which is used ...Read more