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Keloid Scar Help after Hysterectomy

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woman standing wondering about keloid scars after hysterectomyI just had my 6-week post-op appointment and was told that the inch-long scar above my belly button is a keloid scar. I had never heard about this before. What is it and what can I do about it?

Scars form where the skin has been broken and then healed. As part of the healing process, a protein called collagen gathers around the wound to seal it. When collagen invades surrounding tissues, a keloid scar forms. These scars tend to be larger and bumpier than a normal scar, affecting tissue beyond the original wound. They can also be tender and itchy, and they can be irritated by clothing and other contact.

Unless a keloid scar bothers you, it often does not require treatment. However, these scars do not tend to fade or shrink. Furthermore, if exposed to the sun, they can darken permanently.

If your scar is bothersome or continues to grow, there are a variety of treatment options. To determine the best treatment for you, you may want to speak to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has experience with treating these types of scars. To flatten the scar, you could place silicone sheets over it, or have your doctor treat it with steroids. To try to prevent the keloid from growing, your doctor may attempt to freeze it with liquid nitrogen. Surgical excision of the keloid can also be done, but it could come back even bigger than before. Some doctors will also prescribe radiation or Flourouracil, an injectable type of chemotherapy. Laser treatments may be offered to reduce the redness.

You may be able to camouflage any visible keloid with cosmetics, but you should speak to your doctor first about the safest products for covering this type of scar so you don’t irritate it further.

When choosing which treatment route is right for you, keep in mind that these scars have a high rate of recurrence. If you choose a surgical route, you need to be sure your doctor has extensive experience with treating this type of scar and will use a mix of appropriate therapies.

Once you have a keloid scar, you may be at risk for further keloids. You should be cautious about any new piercings or tattoos which could lead to another keloid scar. You will need to inform any future surgeons that you have this type of scar issue. Special surgical techniques may need to be used to minimize new keloids.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-08-2013 - 07:45 PM


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