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'to cut' biopsy: 'Incisional biopsy' literally means to 'cut out some tissue' to get a good sample of a particular lesion (usually skin but can be any biopsy). An excisional biopsy is similiar but this refers to removing the whole lesion with normal tissue around it (as in a small dark mole removed). Biopsies are sent to a pathologist who 'reads' the slides under a microscope looking for abnormal cells/diseases. ...Read more
Red, Hot, Tender: An infected incision will look very red and blanch to the touch. It will also be very warm and tender to the touch. There will be more swelling than normal. There may or may not be pus or foul smelling drainage coming from the wound. If your wound has any of these characteristics you should contact your physician. ...Read more
~48hrs: Most basic pathology results from a biopsy should be available in ~48hrs. The tissue needs to fix in formalin for a particular amount of time (6hrs-overnight) then be processed, slides made and stained, then interpreted. Each of these steps takes time. Additional staining or deeper cuts for furthe evaluation/markers may add another day before the full results are back. ...Read more
Pfannenstiel/Kerr.: The most common type of skin incision for a cesarean section is called pfannenstiel — aka bikini cut. The most common type of uterine incision for a cesarean section is called kerr (lower uterine transverse). More unusual skin incisions include the midline vertical and the right paramedian vertical. Less usual uterine incisions include the kroenig (lower uterine vertical) and classical cesareans. ...Read more
Normal growth: Granulation or granulation tissue is a lumpy bumpy and healthy pink appearing surface of repairing tissue. This is the appearance of normal tissue as it regrows. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: Most of the healing will occur within the first 10-14 days with complete healing generally 3-4 weeks. ...Read more
See the surgeon: Hi, pain at the abdominal incision site after the site has healed could be from various causes. The most common would be the formation of an incisional hernia(is there any bulging at the site) or entrapment of a nerve by the healing process at the site of the incision. Please see the surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more
Well hidden: Usually in the ear crease (on the front side of the ear), around the earlobe, up the crease in back of the ear and then down the hairline. In the majority of patients this is a very inconspicuous scar. ...Read more
Any med?: Many people use antibiotics on wounds. Bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic are common. NONE OF THESE PREVENTS OR TREATS INFECTION. They are common sensitizers, causing itchy allergic reactions. People sometimes are allergic to adhesive tape. Where is the incision? How large? Why? Stitches? See the Dr who gave you the incision. ...Read more
Incision: It usually takes 2-3 weeks for incisions to heal. Even then they still will be tender and weaker than skin that has not been cut. Be patient and follow the instructions of your surgeon. ...Read more
Yes: Very normal. Part of the healing process. ...Read more
Depends: Length of the incision depends on the surgery. Be confident that surgeons will make the length as long as necessary to perform their surgery. Scarring will also depend on the surgery procedure, location of surgery, skill of the surgeon, type of sutures (stitches) used, infection or other complications and the patient's ability to form scar tissue. Best to discuss these issues with your surgeon. ...Read more
Nerve damage: Whenever you have any operation, it is unavoidable to cut nerves in the skin, even for small incisions. As the nerves try to grow back, they encounter the scar, and can form a neuroma. Speak to your doctor, you may benefit from a trigger point injection in the area and gain some relief. ...Read more
NAtural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more
Several factors to: Consider. Nobody does full abdomenal incisions, so one can assume laparoscopic. BUT depends a LOT on the underlying disease and residual pain. The scar probably would be ok in 2-3 day if it is under 1 inch. Should certainly wait at least one day past when pain free. ...Read more
Ask: They can do it either way. What is your surgeon planning? ...Read more
Can u tell me why my right side and incision site hurt when I work 3 months out of a hysterectomy?
What kind of incisions are needed for fat transfer? How big are the incisions for fat transfer?
How long should it take for an IV port placement incision to heal? Is it normal for it to be itchy?
7 days: Healing following port placement is about a week, and that is when sutures are generally removed, although many surgeons close wounds with subcuticular sutures which dissolve with time, and don't require removal. Itching in newly healing wounds is quite common, and avoid scratching for it may result in hypertrophic scar, even keloid formation. ...Read more
Following incision, will they do something to the fluid or let the wound open throughout after surgery?
I had a c5c6 fusion two weeks ago. Today my incision began hurting and a small pea size knot has developed in the center. Concerned!
Follow up: You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more