Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Virginia, USA:

I have had breast reconstruction two years ago using the tram flap method, and I would like to begin using a pump. Would it be suitable to use my stomach area for the infusion set?


This should not prohibit you from using an insulin pump, but you will not be able to infuse the insulin into areas with scar tissue. However, anywhere you can pinch some subcutaneous tissue, you should be able to infuse the insulin. As part of your orientation training, this needs to be discussed in detail with your diabetes care team.


Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:

You should discuss possible pump use with your diabetes team. If there is a lot of scar tissue from your surgery, then you may want to consider alternative sites. Your diabetes team will be able to examine you and then decide how to proceed for your individual circumstances.


Original posting 14 Nov 2002
Posted to Insulin Pumps


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:38
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.