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Unread 04-29-2003, 01:23 PM
old incision problems

I hope someone can help me with this. It is has been 10 years since my hyst, and still I have problems. Lots of cancer surgeries and an emergency c-section in the middle of them; so I was cut almost from hip to hip 3 times in 3 months. I am still numb 3 or 4 inches above the incision and several inches below. My stomach is big and floppy since I had barely recovered from c-section before they cut me again. Then I had extensive pelvic lymph gland removal, which also took many of my stomach muscles. My gyn/onc said to be grateful I was alive and get a good girdle (he wasn't being disrespectful...we went through a lot to save me and still get my son here.)

The problem is that I have had this hanging over stomach so long that the incision below the "hangover" tears very easily, even sometimes just from rubbing lotion on my stomach. Has anyone else had this problem? I would appreciate any suggestions as my doctors don't have any other patients with this particular situation. Thanks ladies!!
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Unread 04-29-2003, 03:22 PM
old incision problems

I had a similiar problem in that after my surgery it seemed the swelling never did go away. My incision was also sort of protruding. I had an incision revision and scar tissue removal from within the incision in Sept '01. The doc actually moved my incision down. It was about mid belly and it is now down in my upper pelvic region. I'm not sure what he did, but I suspect that he pulled the skin down. My tummy no longer protrudes like it did. Although I do still have some GI problems that cause my belly to swell to the extreme.

The doctor that did my incision revision was a general surgeon. You may want to check around and get a second opinion to see if anyone can help.

Unread 04-29-2003, 09:33 PM
old incision problems

Have you checked with a dermatologist? Maybe you could get some suggestions there. I would think it would be very important to keep the area clean and dry. You could use a powder or cornstasrch on it to keep it dry.
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Unread 05-09-2003, 01:43 PM
old incision problems

Thank you ladies!! Those are some good tips and hopefully I can get this resolved. I appreciate you taking the time to help me this. Hugs!

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