What is a rectus abdominis flap?

What is a rectus abdominis flap?

The rectus abdominis free flap is one of the most versatile soft-tissue flaps. The deep inferior epigastric artery and vein are long, large-diameter vessels that are ideal for microvascular anastomoses. The area of skin that can be transferred is probably the largest of all flaps presently in use.

What is a flap muscle?

The muscle flap uses only muscle for defect coverage. It is used primarily to provide a well-vascularized soft tissue that is relatively resistant to infection, helps wounds heal, and offers a vascularized surface for skin grafts. The muscle flap is commonly used to eradicate infection and to revascularize bone.

How long does a TRAM flap surgery take?

Either free TRAM flap procedure lasts about 6 to 8 hours. A pedicled TRAM flap takes about 4 hours. After TRAM flap reconstruction surgery: You’ll be moved to the recovery room after surgery, where hospital staff members will monitor your heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure.

What is transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap?

A transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap forms a natural-looking breast, so the patient usually does not need a breast implant. It is a type of breast reconstruction. Also called TRAM flap.

Is rectus abdominis a muscle?

A rectus abdominis muscle runs longitudinally along the ventral aspect of the body wall between the pectoral and pelvic girdles, and laterally this muscle is associated with the third group, the lateral hypaxial muscles.

Is flap surgery painful?

Most patients experience some discomfort after a flap procedure. Depending on your needs, we may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter medicine. It is important to relax after surgery, as strenuous activity may cause the treated area to bleed.

How can I reduce my rectus abdominis?

  1. Forearm Plank. The forearm plank is a staple in core workouts.
  2. Reverse Crunch. The reverse crunch is part of most killer lower ab workout programs.
  3. Scissor Flutter Kicks. Scissor flutter kicks require you to engage your core muscles, including your rectus abdominis, so that you can flutter your legs up and down.
  4. Toe Taps.