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ridge of hard tissue over incision area? ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

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Unread 06-30-2005, 07:52 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

Hi everyone,

I've heard of swelly-belly, of course, but I thought it referred to swelling in the larger pelvic area. Three weeks out, that's mostly gone down for me but I have this ridge of tissue that sticks way out along my incision....sort of like a shelf there. Anybody have this? It goes down a little if I ice it (is it okay to do that d'you think?) and seems to get bigger after activity, such as swimming or walking. My surgeon said, "Worse case scenario, it will always be there." Eeeeeeek! Anybody out there who had this and good news abouts its eventual disappearance? Thanks in advance.
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Unread 06-30-2005, 07:58 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

hi Rocket,

Join the club, I have the same thing. I am starting my third week post-op and called my doctor about it. He said it was normal and that it would eventually go away. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed, cause when i shower and wash it, i get grossed out !

Unread 06-30-2005, 08:02 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

I know, it's really awful looking, isn't it? My surgeon said that when it doesn't resolve, some people find massaging it works. But way too tender for that now! Have you tried icing it?
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Unread 06-30-2005, 08:04 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

It's too sore for massaging right now. I haven't tried ice on it yet; but will if that has worked for you
Unread 06-30-2005, 08:09 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

As far as I know, there's no harm in icing it in the evening, although the effect is temporary. Maybe in the long run, it helps the swelling ease more rapidly. We can hope!
Unread 06-30-2005, 08:11 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

Thanks Rocket, I'll give it a try.

And wishes for a speedy recovery to you
Unread 06-30-2005, 09:50 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

Hey I have the same thing, it feels like a piece of leather. I went to the doctor today, he said it was normal and should go away with time. Whew!!
Unread 06-30-2005, 10:02 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

I have a "ledge" too - I think just about everyone with TAH/SAH has one. I looked up a lot of old posts about this and asked my doctor and they both said the same thing - that it USUALLY goes away. Not exactly what I was hoping to hear, but not really the end of the world either. I think a lot just depends on how your body happens to heal.

Think I will try the ice and massage in case that helps - thanks for the tips sisters!

Unread 06-30-2005, 10:16 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

Hi Everyone;

I had the ledge or overhang above the incision as well. In fact I thought that was what everyone was referring to as "swelly belly". I'm seven weeks out and if it's any consolation I don't have to lift the ledge as much anymore to look at my incision LOL so it's definitely getting smaller. It looks really funny from the side.

I think I'll just refer to it as the "ledge" going forward!

No one warns you about it so I think everyone is a little shocked at how much swelling takes place, how long it lasts, and the fact that it gets larger or smaller depending on your activity level. At times I've looked like I'm about five months pregnant.
Unread 07-01-2005, 05:20 PM
ridge of hard tissue over incision area?

I will be 4 weeks post-op this coming Monday. I had a SAH. I also have the swelly belly. I have lost 7 lbs since surgery but there is definitely a shelf above the horizontal incision. In fact, after spending hours on this website, I read that one woman describes herself with a marsupial pouch. So I guess we might feel a little like a kangaroo. I am also quite upset with looking at my silhouette yet I am hoping and praying that it will eventually go down. Some people have said that it may take from 6 months to a year. Take care.


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