10 Year Encapsulated Tram Flap Has Abcess Due to Accident at Work.Will It Heal on Its Own?

I had 2 free tram flaps, left side encapsulated in 2002. Isomeone hit me with a rack accidently and an abcess formed. I'm contacting my old ps, is there a chance this will heal on its own? What should happen? Thank You!

Doctor Answers 3

Abscess vs Hematoma in TRAM flap

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I would contact your plastic surgeon for an in office exam.   If this does not heal quickly, it can be easily corrected with removal of the capsule and potentially infectious source.

I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.

Dr. Gill

Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Abscess? after free Tram injury

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Are you sure it is an abscess( a pus filled cavity) vs. a hematoma?  Best to be seen in person to be properly evaluated.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Abscess or Hematoma?

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It would be very unusual for you to form an abscess from external trauma.   A hematoma is more likely than an abscess.   If you actually have an abscess the breast would be warm to the touch, painful and you would have a fever.  It would not resolve without drainage and antibiotics.  A hematoma, on the other hand, if small will resolve spontaneously.  Best to get this evaluated as soon as possible.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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