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Unread 10-16-2004, 09:34 AM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

Sisters- Help needed
After 2 c-sections, hyster and a ovarian remnant removal, my scar has become so swollen and painful. There are times, after a long day of sitting, that it pushes on nerves in my pelvis and my thigh becomes extreme painful. Has anyone had to had their scar revised or removed; and if so, who did it? surgeon, plastics or OB? Any thoughts would be appreciated. I really have to wonder if this up-and-down journey will ever be over!

Thanks,
Bent
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Unread 10-16-2004, 08:29 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

Oh ((((Bent))))) I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time Hopefully, the scar revision will be the end of this long journey for you!!!

Since I had a TVH, I've never had to deal with a scar revision, but I know that I've seen several posts on this issue. Hopefully there'll be someone along, soon, to share their insight.

Sending tons of s your way. Please let us know how things are going.
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Unread 10-23-2004, 09:17 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

Bent,
I had a scar revision several years ago. Previous to the hyst I had a laprodectomy and had lots of problems with my incision. The doc that did my hyst used the same incision and it just didn't look or feel right. Actually, I didn't really know this until I went to a doc for some pain issues I was having and he took one look at my scar and said that he was going to fix that for me.

The doc that did my incision revision was a general surgeon. As I indicated above, it wasn't why I originally went to see him. He did find lots of scar tissue within my incision when he redid it.

He did a fabulous job and I am very pleased with the results. Another thing that has helped my incision is acupuncture.

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Unread 10-24-2004, 06:22 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

About the revision,
did they open it up with a scalpel, and re-staple it? I have a painful and hypertrophic scar. I also was thinking of seeing a plastic surgeon. My current gyn, who I really like, did volunteer to do this instead, and in addition to go in through the bellybutton to remove scar tissue (have pelvic pain). His partner did the surgery (emergency hyst post-partum). I'm wondering how the current gyn can do a better job by re-doing the same incision in the same procedural way that the original surgery took place (cut open and stapled shut). I believe his partner was a competent surgeon. Would a plastic surgeon do any differently (other than re-stapling) or treat it differently post-surgically? Has anyone else used a dermatologist's assistance instead for scar revision?

I was told the reason for adhesions is the peritoneum is normally smooth but when you cut it, it becomes rough. Does anyone have information on this?

Thanks a bunch,

Floppsy
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Unread 10-26-2004, 05:36 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

Floppsy,
I didn't have staples, I think it was dissolving sutures that he used during after the incision revision. I had staples for my laprotomy and I hope to never have them again. I'm not sure how exactly he did the surgery, but yes I was cut open, but he did not do a full cut. He specifically told me that he didn't open me fully. In other words, he didn't cut me far enough to see entirely inside me, but cut deep enough to scrape out scar tissue and to redo and move the incision.

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Unread 10-27-2004, 06:28 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

Thanks so much for the information Kim!!

Floppsy
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Unread 10-27-2004, 06:57 PM
swollen/painful scar-7ms post op

You're welcome! I'm glad to help where I can.
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