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I had tummy tuck 3 years ago to remove flap caused by C-section, what non surgical procedure can get rid of fat trapped in scar tissue causing bulge?

I had tummy tuck 3 years ago to remove flap caused by C-section, what non surgical procedure can get rid of fat trapped in scar tissue causing bulge?

None is effective: Bulge at scar is result of tissue laxity that developed with time and following acute swelling post op. It is exacerbated by density of the scar and adherence of the scar to underlying tissues that causes tissues to bunch up at that level. It is not just fat. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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What should I do about painful scar tissue from c section?

What should I do about painful scar tissue from c section?

Need more info...: I am always apprehensive when I hear the words "scar tissue" and "pain" in the same sentence. Adhesions are a very common by-product of abdominal and pelvic surery and usually cause no symptoms whatsoever. Furthermore, they can only be seen surgically: not on physical exam, not by x-rays or u/s. I advise you to see your ob/gyne or primary care doctor to help sort out the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Does internal scar tissue after C-section soften with time? How long it takes? Feel like a knot of scar tissue after c sec.. plzz help

Does internal scar tissue after C-section soften with time? How long it takes? Feel like a knot of scar tissue after c sec.. plzz help

Depends: This is very difficult topic c multiple studies in how to prevent abd adhesions, this an individual response, from no reaction at all to severe adhesions, that in occasions develop complications as severe as intestinal obstructions, these are less common in whites, ; but is a individual response to scar formation. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 5/21. I still have numbness and feels like built up tissue at scar. Is this normal? Could this be too much scar tissue or sign that organs adhered to scar?

I had a C-section 5/21. I still have numbness and feels like built up tissue at scar. Is this normal? Could this be too much scar tissue or sign that organs adhered to scar?

Bikini cut?: A bikini cut would explain the numbness. The nerve pathways on chest and belly run mostly up and down and there is no way to avoid them when doing a "low transverse" skin incision. Nerve tissue takes the longest among all tissues to recover - months and years - and some numbness may remain. Discuss with your ob/gyn, when you go for your next pap smear. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Is it normal to have scar tissue on my liver from a c section?

Probably not, but...: Data needed: 1) how big is your liver, ; how big is the lesion/scar? 2) how was it found ; how long has it been there (seen before c-section?) 3) enlarging, ; at what rate? 4) does it appear cystic, solid, linear? 5) is it causing symptoms? 6) do you have underlying liver disease? 7) has a tissue diagnosis (biopsy) been pursued? 8) more than one lesion/scar? Thanks for helping us help you. ...Read more

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Doing sit ups will that aggregate scar tissue from a c section?

Doing sit ups will that aggregate scar tissue from a c section?

No: After about 6 weeks the scars will be strong enough for most activities. Most c-section scar heal very well because there is very little tension on the closure. ...Read more

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Could scar tissue from my appendectomy make it more difficult to have a c-section?

Could scar tissue from my appendectomy make it more difficult to have a c-section?

It's possible: Any previous surgery can complicate your future surgery. After surgery, adhesions form within days of surgery on the inside of your body. During your next surgery or c-section, the surgeon may encounter these adhesions and depending on how extensive they are, the surgery could become complicated and longer. This is usually due to distorted anatomy and scar tissue. ...Read more

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When does risk of adhesion from C-section go away? Had 2nd child via C-section over 3yrs ago. When does/did risk end? When does scar tissue stop growing?

Yes Repeat: C section adhesion symptoms may improve as they were cleared during procedure but most likely will form again. Scar tissue is a dynamic process collagen tissue constantly remolds never stops in some it will diminish and others will exaggerate as in keloids, risk will never end ...Read more

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I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

I have a small mass in the C-section scar tissue. Five years after the C-section there is a ripping tearing pain the area. I experience the pain with excecise. What should I do?

Could be a cyst: A cyst, neuroma, or hypertrophic scar could be causing pressure on on sensory nerves in the area of the scar with exertion (exercise). After 5 years, your scarring is mature, so if you are having persistent symptoms, you may want to consider a scar excision/revision to hopefully improve/relieve your intermittent pains (typical of nerve pain). If family is complete, tummy tuck may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is scar tissue anterior after a c-section? If so with 2nd c-sec will accreta be created if placenta is anterior?

Is scar tissue anterior after a c-section? If so with 2nd c-sec will accreta be created if placenta is anterior?

Yes, and usually not: The uterine scar created by a cesarean section is anterior. The risk of placenta accreta or other abnomal placentation is increased after each c-section. Fortunately, an anterior placenta does not usually mean a placenta accreta. Based on a 2011 british study "359 deliveries by cs at first birth would result in one additional case of placenta previa in the next pregnancy. ". ...Read more

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If I have loads of scar tissue and adhesions from 2 previous c-sections. What complications/risks would there be during the 3rd c-section?

If I have loads of scar tissue and adhesions from 2 previous c-sections. What complications/risks would there be during the 3rd c-section?

Several: Damage to bladder, damage to bowel, difficulty removing/delivering the baby in a timely manner, possibly necessitating midline incision, uterine rupture/dehiscence, and others. ...Read more

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12 w pg. Having sharp pulsating pain that last a few minutes near my C-section scar and shoots up. Normal? Scar tissue stretching? No bleeding

12 w pg. Having sharp pulsating pain that last a few minutes near my C-section scar and shoots up. Normal? Scar tissue stretching? No bleeding

Probably normal: These sorts of aches and pains are not unusual early in the pregnancy as the uterus grows, and actually may be more reassuring than a complete absence of symptoms. Scar tissue stretching is certainly one explanation but it is usually not possible to determine the precise cause. ...Read more

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Tlh a week back with c-section scar tissue removal, lot of pain near the c-section scar and abdomen, is it normal? When can I feel full recovery

Hysterectomy: Generally we say 50% recovery at 2 weeks with more complicated laparoscopic hysterectomy. Usually the post operative pain is much better after 1 week. You need to check with your surgeon as increasing pain is a sign of a problem, especially if there are any other issues with bladder, bowels or fever. ...Read more

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What r success rates after having surgery to remove scar tissue from tubes (c-section) - larcoscopy. My hsg came back with one side not disperse dye?

What r success rates after having surgery to remove scar tissue from tubes (c-section) - larcoscopy. My hsg came back with one side not disperse dye?

Very high: The success rates from freeing up externally adherent Fallopian tubes is very high as long as the adhesions don't re-form after the second surgery. Many surgeons use an adhesive barrier to prevent that from occurring at the time of the surgery. The good news is that it only takes one open Fallopian tube to get pregnant again. ...Read more

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1st csection 4wks ago I've read what issues Csec cause numbness scar tissue adhesions hernias intestinal issues ect do all women have these problems?

1st csection 4wks ago I've read what issues Csec cause numbness scar tissue adhesions hernias intestinal issues ect do all women have these problems?

Not all women: Those are potential negative consequences as a result of a c/s, but most women do not experience any of these issues. Numbness at the site of the scar is probably more common than the other things listed, which are rare. If you are concerned about anything, call and see your OBGYN. ...Read more

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Could scar tissue be causing me to have pelvic pain especially when I have a sonagram vaginally, I had a csection in 2010 then a hysterectomy in 2011?

Could scar tissue be causing me to have pelvic pain especially when I have a sonagram vaginally, I had a csection in 2010 then a hysterectomy in 2011?

Possible: Scar tissue could be the problem. If you still have your ovaries, then an ovarian cyst could be the issue. You could have endometriosis - having had a cesarean delivery does increase the risk for endometriosis and that would easily cause he type of pain you describe. ...Read more

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Had csection from my twin birth 3 years ago and formed lots of scar tissue. Why do I get severe pain during y menstrual cycle so much I can't lift leg?

Had csection from my twin birth 3 years ago and formed lots of scar tissue. Why do I get severe pain during y menstrual cycle so much I can't lift leg?

Depends: It may be scar tissue from your cesarean or it may be something else like endometriosis. Not all women scar following surgery or cesarean. And plenty of women have that type of pain who haven't had children or cesarean. If it's that severe, talk to a doctor and maybe a diagnostic laparoscopy can shed light on pain's origin and even break up scar tissue, or burn endometriosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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How many c-sections are too many? How much scar tissue is too much? What complications does scar tissue cause? Preg #7, 2fullterm, 1 premi, 3 losses 3dcs

How many c-sections are too many? How much scar tissue is too much? What complications does scar tissue cause? Preg #7, 2fullterm, 1 premi, 3 losses 3dcs

C-sections: Usually most OBs say 3 C-sections. This is probably due to the scar tissue in the uterus rich can become weak and in subsequent labor can result in uterine rupture ...Read more

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Can scar tissue from 3 sections cause sharp burning pains in the incision/right ovary area?

Can scar tissue from 3 sections cause sharp burning pains in the incision/right ovary area?

Yes or could be: Other causes, you need evaluation by your obgyn with an exam and ultrasound and u may or may not end up needing laparoscopy. ...Read more

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Does a c-section leave a big scar and a lot of scara tissue?

Does a c-section leave a big scar and a lot of scara tissue?

Depends: It really depends to the person and the conditions under which the surgery was performed. If there was an infection at the time of the c-section or if there was more than normal bleeding then there may be more scar tissue later. ...Read more

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Feel stretch and discomfort internally on right side above C-section scar. C section7 months ago. Ultrasound normal. What can cause it and how to treat?

Feel stretch and discomfort internally on right side above C-section scar. C section7 months ago. Ultrasound normal. What can cause it and how to treat?

Adhesions: Adhesions develop in the abdominal cavity as a result of inflammation caused by surgery and the healing process. As long as your doctor has ruled out a hernia or infection as a cause for your symptoms, gentle regular massage around the site of your surgical scar may help loosen the adhesions and decrease your symptoms. ...Read more

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A few days I have been getting sharp burning pain in my 2 yr old C-section scar, and my left jaw (both left) could these be related and cause?

2 separate problems: These 2 problems should be addressed separately. 1. Burning pain - see your PCP for potential peripheral neuropathic pain management. 2. Jaw pain - see your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and potential tooth pain or TMJ. Good luck. ...Read more

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I seem to have compressed nerve in lower abdomen after C-section by scar tissue. Feel pulling senation. Will it be ok with time? Treatment?

I seem to have compressed nerve in lower abdomen after C-section by scar tissue. Feel pulling senation. Will it be ok with time? Treatment?

Nerve pain: You can get nerve irritation near the edges of a horizontal c/s scar. These usually resolve by 3-6 months, but not always. Sometimes the nerve gets "trapped" and compressed by the scar tissue. This usually requires a surgical correction of the problem. ...Read more

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Been having sharp pain in my uterus worse under my c-section scar it also feels sore when I stand up and sit down what may be the cause? Not on period

Been having sharp pain in my uterus worse under my c-section scar it also feels sore when I stand up and sit down what may be the cause? Not on period

Bladder infection: A great explanation for pain exactly where you are describing would be a bladder infection. Go in for a urine test and exam to see if this is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more