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How long does it really take for a laparotomy scar to heal?

How long does it really take for a laparotomy scar to heal?

At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks for initial healing, but scars will continue to fade even months after this especially if they are kept well moisturized and out of the sun. ...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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I had a laparotomy 2.5 weeks ago, everything looks fine on the outside but when i touch the scar, inside feels thicker on the left shud i be worried?

I had a laparotomy 2.5 weeks ago, everything looks fine on the outside but  when i touch the scar, inside feels thicker on the left shud i be worried?

Not to worry: You may develop scar tissue and swellling, and the area may feel thicker as you mentioned. It will take some more days / weeks for the inflammation to completely go down. If you develop drainage through the scar or worsening pain you should contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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After a laparotomy 3 months ago, I have a burning sensation in part of the scar, when i bend or twist. What is this, or will it go away?

After a laparotomy 3 months ago, I have a burning sensation in part of the scar, when i bend or twist. What is this, or will it go away?

Pain: Pain at or near a surgical scar is common. There are tiny skin nerve that heal through the scar ; become sensitive. This can last several weeks or some months. See your surgeon for an exam if it persists. ...Read more

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How to identify if a scar is a keloid. I have a post surgical scar in my abdomen following laparotomy as on 3 oct 2012?

How to identify if a scar is a keloid. I have a post surgical scar in my abdomen following laparotomy as on 3 oct 2012?

Simple Silicone: Simple, inexpensive, non-invasive silicone treatment first (myscaraway, from walgreens or online), if that doesn't help within a few weeks, then go and seek care from a healthcare professional. You may require steroid/bleomycin injections, or electron-beam radiotherapy, if it is a keloid (very rare in whites, more in pigmented skin races) but try the simple stuff first. Hypertrophic scar also help. ...Read more

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How does scar tissue build up after surgery?

How does scar tissue build up after surgery?

Normal process: Surgery is a trauma to the tissues. Inflammation results which is part of the healing process. Fibrous tissue is the end result. Hence the scar, or adhesions if internal. ...Read more

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Would scar tissue appear ten years aftr surgery?

Would scar tissue appear ten years aftr surgery?

Unlikely: By 10 years, almost any skin scar that was caused by an operation should be quite mature. If the scarring you are talking about is internal, then yes--scarring in the abdomen can cause trouble 10 years after surgery. If it is a skin scar and is beginning to grow and look different, you should have it examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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Will the scars from the omphalocele surgery ever heal?

Will get lighter: Scars are often most visible immediately after the surgery. They then go through a long process of healing and becoming less visible. Over time the scar will become less raised, less red and will begin to blend in more with the surrounding skin. Even keloid (the red raised scars) will begin to fade over time. Be sure to keep them out of the sun and put sunscreen all over the area when outside. ...Read more

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Can you make a surgery scar less noticeable, if so how?

Scar massage: Massaging the scar multiple times a day may help decrease the appearance of a scar. Scars mature for up to a year after surgery. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to surgery to remove scar tissue?

Is there an alternative to surgery to remove scar tissue?

Some options...: Depending on the type, pattern and location of the scar, many options are available. This ranges from pressure therapy, injection of steroids, ablative fractionated co2 laser, pulse dye laser. These modalities are meant to improve the quality of the existing scars such that excision is not required. For your specific situation, please schedule an appointment with a plastic surgery specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Krook
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Laparotomy (Definition)

Laparotomy is abdominal surgery. Often, special enemas are sufficient to treat intussusception. If not, a ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more