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Does laparoscopic surgery to remove scar tissue really work? Or does it just cause more scar tissue?

Does laparoscopic surgery to remove scar tissue really work? Or does it just cause more scar tissue?

Catch-22.: Yes, it works, but yes it does create more scar tissue. Lysis of adhesions in the intra-abdominal cavity does work to relieve symptoms or obstruction in the short term, but the additional intra-abdominal operation can lead to new adhesions. It's a gamble, with management dictated by urgency of symptoms. Sometimes it just has to be done and we accept the risk of more adhesion creation. ...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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How long until my scars fade from laparoscopic surgery?

How long until my scars fade from laparoscopic surgery?

6 - 12 months: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery through my belly button 7 years ago. The scar is red, angry, painful and slowly growing. Can anything be done?

I had laparoscopic surgery through my belly button 7 years ago.  The scar is red, angry, painful and slowly growing.   Can anything be done?

Sounds like: Keloid or at least hypertrophic scar. Excision, steroid injection, topical radiation are alternatives. Consult with your surgeon or a dermatologist for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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I have a spigi.Hernia and also a hernia in a old scar. How would the doctors remove? With a cut or laparoscopic surgery. How long hospital stay?

I have a spigi.Hernia and also a hernia in a old scar. How would the doctors remove? With a cut or laparoscopic surgery. How long hospital stay?

Sameway: Spegalian hernia develops inside the layers abdominal wall muscles, lateral to rectus abdominal muscle ( semilunrar line ) it could be repaired by open incision , or by laparoscopic method as shown in picture the defect as seen through the scope usually a mesh graft used to fill the weakness , most of the time home by next day, speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Having pain in my back and lower abdomen. Had laprascopic surgery monday and some scar tissue was removed. Do i need to get this checked out or wait?

Having pain in my back and lower abdomen. Had laprascopic surgery monday and some scar tissue was removed. Do i need to get this checked out or wait?

How severe is pain?: Post surgery you will have some pain for 2 weeks, gradually getting better. If pain is persistent and getting worse , then you need to be checked. ...Read more

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Looking for best laparoscopic surgery for torn ligaments in both shoulders?

Looking for best laparoscopic surgery for torn ligaments in both shoulders?

First, it is : Arthroscopic and you need to find an orthopaedic surgeon to see if surgery is even indicated as most can be treated with appropriate rehabilitation. If surgery is indicated, then you need to find out what type of surgery and if it can be done that way. ...Read more

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Can I have fibroids removed through laparoscopic surgery?

Can I have fibroids removed through laparoscopic  surgery?

Absolutely: Fibroids can be removed via laparoscopically, with robotic-assist, or through an open incision. However, this is a skill that only the top gyne laparoscopists possess. Do your research before signing up for this procedure. ...Read more

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How long can it take before the gas after laparoscopic surgery to go away?

How long can it take before the gas after laparoscopic surgery to go away?

Varies: The gas will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. ...Read more

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When should the swelling in the abdomen go down after laparoscopic surgery?

When should the swelling in the abdomen go down after laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery: Swelling after laparoscopic surgery is caused by the gas used inside the abdomen. Usually carbon dioxide is used, and this absorbs in about 1 day. Other gases may have swelling that lasts longer. The gas left in the abdomen can cause pain in the shoulder until it absorbs. If you are still swollen, and feel ill, you should contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Which stimulation therapy is good for ventral laparoscopic surgery recovery?

Not routinely used: Ask your surgeon or use at your own risk. Drop us a note and let us know how your experiment works out. I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

Why am I still having sharp stabbing pain were I had laparoscopic surgery five months ago were one of my incisions is at?

See below: That much discomfort five months after surgery is not normal. Things that come to mind would include a hernia at the trocar site or adhesions. In any event, please consult with your surgeon and have the site examined. ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrioma 2 mos ago. When should I have ultrasound again to check the progress ?

I had laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrioma 2 mos ago. When should I have ultrasound again to check the progress ?

Check: with your surgeon who will be familiar with your particular case,especially that you are still in the post-op time frame.Be well. ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic surgery 9 days ago. And i was improving. But today from one stitch, there is fresh blood spotting. Why so?

Had laparoscopic surgery 9 days ago. And i was improving. But today from one stitch, there is fresh blood spotting. Why so?

No big deal: Incisions can bleed for a short time after surgery. Keep the area clean and covered. If the drainage continues, talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic surgery a day ago for removal of endometriosis and clearing of tubes . How long until I can return to normal activity?

Had laparoscopic surgery a day ago for removal of endometriosis  and clearing of tubes . How long until I can return to normal activity?

As tolerated: I tell my patients to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain after most laparoscopic procedures. Any doubts? Call your surgeon. I'm sure you'll be fine. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take the gas from laparoscopic surgery to go away? How long after laparoscopic surgery will i feel the gas inside me? .

How long does it take the gas from laparoscopic surgery to go away? How long after laparoscopic surgery will i feel the gas inside me?

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Varies: The gas will go away quickly in most cases. The specific time will depend on a number of factors including how long was the surgery, what was done during the surgery, how heavy is the patient, how quickly can the patient be up and ambulating, etc. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. ...Read more

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It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

It's been a month since I had laparoscopic surgery and I still have stitches sticking out of the incision sites. Shouldn't they have dissolved by now?

Yes and No: If they were dissolving stitches the part of the stitch embedded in the skin will dissolve and the rest of the stitch won't. Just pull the exposed stitch out like plucking a chicken If they are not dissolving then have the MD remove them. Ask your surgeon ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Laparoscopic Surgery (Definition)

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

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