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Unread 04-19-2008, 12:00 PM
Scar tissue vertical incision 18 days

Okay sisters, here it is.. I had a vertical incision, which is healing very nicely on the outside. When I run my fingers over the verticle muscle scar tissue beneath, I can feel it running parallel to the skin incision, about an inch to the left. I'm aware they don't sharply incise the muscle, rather "bluntly separate at the midline".. (ouch). When I run my fingers over this area, it is so very lumpy and distorted. When I lay flat on my back my belly is somewhat flat at this stage, except for that area - it appears distorted and... lumpy. It also is the first place to hurt when I become sore... I guess what I'm wondering is this just swelling and is it going to flatten out? It's very firm and hard. Is it going to remain (even somewhat) lumpy because it wasn't sharply incised? Just wondering.. thanks
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Unread 04-20-2008, 06:55 AM
Scar tissue vertical incision 18 days


I don't know whether any other ladies will be able to relate but I remember being very concerned about my incision ~ long after everyone else was pleased with theirs and its appearance. It was lumpy and dark and pretty much remained this way for over a year ...

I'm 3 years post-op now and the dark colour has only really faded in the last 6 months. The one end was always a little more uncomfortable and lumpy and that, also, has finally sorted itself out in the last 6 months. I have the impression, however, that this length of time is the exception rather than the rule.

So, I guess time will tell! You're very early post-op and, hopefully, will follow the rule rather than the exception. If you're at all concerned, at any stage, please don't hesitate to contact your doctor.

Sending all good wishes for a smooth recovery!

Unread 04-20-2008, 11:19 AM
Scar tissue vertical incision 18 days

jorodee, I'm eight months past my surgery, I too had a vertical incision, and I certainly wish it were looking better than it is right now. However, it has faded to a medium pink from the original red color, and although parts of it look like it may become a keloid, I remember that when I had my myomectomy 25 years ago I thought the same thing might happen then, yet within a few years that scar faded into the thinnest whitish line which I could hardly see. I expect the same will happen with this one. So, as pooodle above wrote, everyone heals differently and we'll just have to be patient with our bodies!
One more thing. I remember that Vitamin E (topical use) was very effective in terms of smoothing out my scar, and it seems to work for other women as well.
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Unread 04-21-2008, 05:01 AM
Scar tissue vertical incision 18 days

Thanks for the responses! I've noticed the underlying muscle distortion has gone from an egg-like lump to more of an elongated, thick hard cord in the last 2 days or so. I'll assume for now it's part of the healing process - it's so great to have a place like this to compare notes!

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