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Unread 12-25-2003, 09:58 PM
Scar Tissue

Hi everyone!

Almost 3 months post op here............total hysterectomy at the age of 34. Several fibroids, etc! Not a good thing, but feeling like a new woman now!

I have a question about the scar tissue. I have the usual moments (days) of swelling about the scar. But what about the ridge of scar tissue? Has anyone heard of "trying to break the scar tissue up" by manipulating it and rubbing it? Do this work? Should it be done? That area is sooooooooo sensitive at times and I would love to get rid of any excess bulge! (lol) Would love to hear from others on their experiences! Thanks!

Pipegolf
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Unread 12-25-2003, 10:06 PM
Scar Tissue

Hi Pipegolf Is your scar raised, wide, ridged, shiny, itchy, painful and reddish/purplish? If so, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist or plastic surgeon or at least a GP/internist and asking them to have a look at it. You may have a keloid or hypertrophic scar. I have a huge vertical one from my last surgery and have been through several types of treatments to try to reduce it. If you do a search here on "keloid" you will find threads about this type of scarring.

I am now trying a new cream called "Aldara" which is an immuno suppressor available by prescription only. It works by getting the tissues to stop fighting with themselves (!) and has helped with the itching and pain in my scar and even seems to have lightened it a shade or two. I have to use it at least six months to see the full benefit of it. You might want to ask your DR about it if it turns out you have a keloid or hypertrophic scar.

Good luck!
s,
-Linda
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Unread 12-25-2003, 10:11 PM
Scar Tissue

Thanks!

My scar is horizontal, purplish, and I have a ridge above the scar. It is itchy at times and tender. I might have a keloid on my right side (or so that has been suggested by friends).

Thanks for the info! I will do a little research!

Pipegolf
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