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Doctor insights on: Scar Tissue Post Thyroidectomy

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Can scar tissue after thyroidectomy appear 5 years later?

Can scar tissue after thyroidectomy appear 5 years later?

Scar tissue?: Scar tissue typically forms and reforms for the first 12-18 months after any surgery. If scar tissue continues to grow after that in may be something else - keloid, lymph nodes, etc. Or in the case of thyroidectomy you may have thyroid tissue that has begun growing again in that area. If this is suspicious or if your original surgery was for cancer i would recommend a biopsy. Make an appointment. ...Read more

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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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Just had a completion thyroidectomy 9 days ago. Wht is the best cream/brand to use on my fresh scar? Pls help me! its very fresh obvs!

Just had a completion thyroidectomy 9 days ago. Wht is the best cream/brand to use on my fresh scar? Pls help me! its very fresh obvs!

Usually nothing: Post surgical scars and trauma scars can usually do well on there own. There are many products that claim to help, but there is little proof. That being said, many feel they can help. Go to the first aid aisle at any pharmacy. Always remember to not get too much sun exposure on the incision for that first year after surgery (sunscreen). Hypertrophic scars can be treated too. ...Read more

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Dr. Bogar: how many successful total thyroidectomy surgeries have you performed on adults? And, is there a way to ensure that the scar isn't too bad?

Dr. Bogar: how many successful total thyroidectomy surgeries  have you performed on adults? And, is there a way to ensure that the scar isn't too bad?

Lots and Yes: I perform approximately 2-3 thyroid surgeries per week on adults. There are 2 approaches i currently use to minimize or avoid neck scar. First, i typically make as small an incision as possible. Second, in appropriately selected patients, i offer robotic assisted thyroidectomy which allows me to take out the thyroid through an incision in the armpit and therefore totally avoid a neck incision. ...Read more

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I am 2 weeks post total thyroidectomy. My scar is now burning and feels tender. I's that normal? No signs of infection

I am 2 weeks post total thyroidectomy. My scar is now burning and feels tender. I's that normal? No signs of infection

Likely nerves: This is likely due to the recovery of sensory cutaneous nerves from the cervical plexus that may have been compressed or injured during he incision. For the most part these will recover with very little sequelae. Hypersenstitivuty is common in any early wound. Please discuss with your surgeon as other causes could be responsible such as suture sensitivity. ...Read more

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Firm, non-tender, crescent-shaped lump above total thyroidectomy scar three weeks post-op. Would massage be of benefit, or should I give it time?

Yes: massage+time: This may benefit from time and massage. However there may be another minor problem such as suture abscess or hematoma. This may require incision and drainage or aspiration or injection. Your surgeon is the best person to determine this. ...Read more

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2 wks post op thyroidectomy. Skin pulls up when I swallow. The MD had a term for it but I can't remember ? Suggested I massage scar manually. Name?

Scar tissue: After some types of surgery one may develop adhesions that are fibrous bands and I think that is what your surgeon was referring to. Also the surface of the skin may have a scar. His/her suggestion is well taken. Use a good hand lotion when massaging.Be gentle. ...Read more

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Scar tissue, can it cause pain?

Yes: Some scar tissue particularly keloid may be associated with pain. This is not completely understood but it clearly associated with inflammation because steroid injections will produce improvements in as little as 3 days. In other situations, scar tissue will entrap nerves as improvement may require surgical release. ...Read more

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How can scar tissue be removed?

How can scar tissue be removed?

Excision: Scar tissue is rarely removed from sites of organ damage but rather from cutaneous areas where the scar is visible and occasionally painful. At this time it may be widely excised but to prevent recurrence a steroid can be injected into the would like Kenalog (triamcinolone) which produces a strong anti inflammatory response. ...Read more

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Could minor injury causes scar tissue?

Could minor injury causes scar tissue?

Yes: scar tissue is the response of tissue, skin or organ to a traumatic or inflammatory process that requires healing of the site of injury. The body repairs the damage by filling in a defect and adding strength to the site by producing a fibroblastic response ...Read more

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How to lighten scar tissue?

Laser/hydroquinone : Scars can be lightened with lasers and or hydroquinone. A dermatologist or a plastic surgeon may be helpful. ...Read more

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Do abortions cause scar tissue?

Do abortions cause scar tissue?

Sometimes: Frequent abortions, infected abortions and abortions occurring farther along in pregnancy are associated with a condition called asherman's syndrome, which is scarring in the uterus. ...Read more

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Will scar tissue show up on an x ray?

Usually not: Scar tissue will not show up on routine x-rays. An MRI on the other hand may be able to locate scar tissue much better. Good luck. ...Read more

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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?

No: Scar tissue appears on a microscopic level within days after surgery, and it usually subsides as much as it ever will after about two years. However, some people develop hypertrophic or keloid scars, and these require additional treatment to improve their appearance. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more