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Unread 04-11-2012, 09:01 AM
Abdominal Incision scar tissue

I need input from my sisters about scar tissue.

I am two weeks post op, total abdominal with a horizontal incision. I am overweight and have a flap of belly that hangs down over the incision.

Scar tissue has built up under the skin, lumpy and hard, about the size of a breakfast sausage.

My doctor examined me for my post op and said all was good, and when I asked about the large lumpy scar tissue he said where? and when I pointed it out, he said it would eventually go away.

Is this something I should worry about? Cuz I am.

Thanks for any input.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 09:14 AM
Re: Abdominal Incision scar tissue

I think its all individual to each person.

I have a long, vertical scar. It healed raised, wide as my finger & kinda puckered. I don't like it at all. But, I have no choice but to live with it.

There is really nothing you can do to make it heal any better. Sadly, your body is the judge of that.

It'll be ok. I still need to remind myself that scar is a reminder of a better quality of life for me from now on.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 09:52 AM
Re: Abdominal Incision scar tissue

I have lumps under my scar, too. Horizontal incision, also have a little belly that hangs over it. The first time I had abdominal surgery, I had a few small lumps under the incision. This time, it's 2 larger lumps. They don't hurt and yes, over time, they become way less noticeable.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 10:04 AM
Re: Abdominal Incision scar tissue

I have a vertical incision and the Dr. put stitches under the skin and glue the top layer of my skin together to minimize the scar. The tape and glue have not completely gone yet so I can't tell how my scar looks. But I can touch it and it doesn't feel raised up so I'm hoping it will stay that way. I find it weird that the tape and glue have not peeled off by itself by now so I will have to ask my Dr. next week at my 6-wk post op.

Everyone heals differently and it also depends on how the surgeon sew you up as well. Please make sure it is not hot to touch and draining. If it is, you will need to call your surgeon to check it out, just to make sure it is not infected.

Hope you have a smooth recovery.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 10:04 AM
Re: Abdominal Incision scar tissue

I'm 1 month out and that hard feeling behind the incision is just starting to go away. It takes 6 weeks for the internal parts to heal since they have no air, so behind there is still a fresh cut for you. Hang in there and ask about massaging it with vitamin e, bio-oil, or miderma during your next appointment!
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Unread 04-19-2012, 01:02 PM
Re: Abdominal Incision scar tissue

Scar massage after 4 weeks has been advised by my doctor and pelvic therapist. Two fingers gently on hard spot and with light pressure I move from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock for one minute, then 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock for a minute, then 2 and 8, and 4 and 10 o'clock. I did this last summer after nodules formed at an abdominal incision and it worked well for me. At first it only loosened the top layer of skin but once that was loose I applied slightly firmer pressure and loosened the lower layers one by one. Seek the advice of a massage therapist or physical therapist for your specific situation.
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