A 43-year-old member asked:
my chest tube scar is still so painfull why is this?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Leonard Grossman answered
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
It's different: Chest tube openings are not closed like a normal wound would be. The healing is between different layers of completely different tissues. There may be quite a bit of inflammation present even in the rib itself. If this is a recent wound, i.e. Less than three months, take something like advil (ibuprofen) for the discomfort and use warm, moist heat placed over the wound. It should help. Let your surgeon see yo.
Answered on Jan 21, 2013
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