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Stomach Surgery Scars
I have a stomach surgery scar since when I was about 10 or 9 years of age scar is open form tip hasn't healed and has puss, doctors all say leave it alone and it will heal. 11 yrs now and now and still no change what do I do
Expertise needed: You need to see a real, full time wound care doc. Infection for so long is absolutely unlikely as infections do not smolder like this. You most likely have a piece of suture at the base of the wound that has moved up close to the skin where your body identifies it as foreign body trying to get rid of it. Wound care docs are trained to look at causes of wounds and not start illogical treatments. ...Read more
I had gallbladder surgery about yr ago. I ve been having pain were the scars are and in middle of my stomach. Not sure what it is.?
I got a scar on my stomach from a surgery which goes through my abodmen will I be able to reduce it and have a belly button? Also how does it cost?
Likely from infancy: Probably for correction of congenital problem such as omphalocele, gastroschisis or exstrophy. I which case a pediatric surgeon, pediatric urologist or plastic surgeon could book this as a revision of original problem ; would be covered by medical insurance. Not sure about nhs in uk. A faux belly button could be made at same time. Enquire at great ormond st. Children's hospital in london. Good luck. ...Read more
I got a surgery scar going right through the middle of my stomach and I don't have a belly buttton but can I still get a flat stomach with the scar?
Likely: Many times that type of scar heals in a way that does not allow for the abdomen to be symetric. If weight is an issue, work on that. You will do no harm by core conditioning and it will be benefitial for other health related issues as well. ...Read more
No good way:
Doctors have tried for years to discover a way to prevent adhesions (scar tissue) in the abdomen because there can be many long term problems from them. There is no magic bullet. The main goal is for the operating surgeon to minimize trauma to the tissues, avoid inflammation, etc. Still, the majority of adhesions will not cause problems.
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I have quite a bit of scar tissue in my abdomen from multiple surgeries. Would I still be a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Most likely: Scar tissue (adhesions) from previous surgery is unlikely to prevent weight loss surgery although it can make the operation more difficult with a higher risk of complications and prolonged anesthesia time. How and where the previous operations were performed will also factor in as will the specific weight loss operation you are considering. ...Read more
I had Gaul bladder surgery 7 years ago and have 4 scars on my stomach all look normal but one is really thick n red what could that mean?
Hypertrophic/keloid: This is either a keloid (continues to grow and usually itchy or painful) or a hypertrophic (large wide raised) scar. ...Read more
I have formed a hypertrophic scar on my abdomen after the distal pancreas surgery conducted 10 months from now. Is there any way to minimize this?
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?
A ventral hernia occurs at the site of a previous incision which does not heal correctly, where the lining of the abdomen, the sheath around the abdominal muscles, fail to heal. This leads to a weakness, which in general, will gradually increase due to the increased intra-abdominal pressure when one strains, or in some cases, due to build up of pressure within the abdominal cavity, such as seen with fluid build up, called ascites.
Not all ventral hernias need to be repaired, however in some cases, the discomfort associated with a hernia or trapping intestine within the hernia, causing strangulation, may necessitate repair. There are several methods for repair, depending on the location and size of hernia. In this case, your surgeon can provide more specific information about what approaches may apply in your case. ...Read more
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I have had abdominal surgery and feel the scar tissue is wrapped around my colon, & can't eat due to pain and bloating. What should I do?
Have had open appendectomy and tubal, will I have to have open surgery to remove gallbladder due to 2 stomach sugery's? Quite sure scar tissue is lot
An MRI revealed a ligament tear low right abdomen, held together by scar tissue. Chronic injury doc said. Can this improve without surgery?
Injury: The scar is the normal way the body heals, so presence of scar is normal. Generally, if the injury is greater than a year old, then the healing and the re-modeling of the wound is complete. Both form and function are stable and will only vary little as time passes. Often, surgical revision of the scar leads to improved appearance and may lead to better function of the muscles involved. ...Read more
I had surgery for an abdominal hernia a month ago. The area below the scar has remained numb and sore. The internal scar is hard. Is this normal?
Normal: After such an operation, it is not unusual to feel a firm (hard) ridge under the scar. This represents healing of the tissue beneath the skin and can present as you describe. This can take several months to resolve. Check with your surgeon as he would have the specific details of your surgery. ...Read more
Had exploratory abdominal surgey due to ingested foreign object imbedded in stomach wall. Now have a 14" scar from surgery. What are the long term effects of this scar?
Nothing: Thousands of people have scars and very few have any problems from them, especially the older they get. Scars will fade and soften so they tend to improve with age. Not many other things do! ...Read more
Can scar tissue squeeze my intestines. I have had multiple surgeries on my stomach due to hernias and then surgeries from the complications from the f?
Adhesions: Scar tissue that forms as part of the natural healing process of abdominal surgery can form bands called "adhesions." the intestines may get wrapped around these adhesions becoming kinked and creating an obstruction. Most often these bowel obstructions resolve with conservative management. On occasions, surgery may be required to relieve the obstruction. ...Read more
I'm 34 married women with no kids I've had 3 surgerys dealing with having kids I was toll I had a lot off scar tissue that was removed from my stomach?
Scar After Surgery: Any time tissue is cut, the wound healing process takes place with scar formation. This tissue is only approximately 80% as strong as the original tissue. Similarly, any time the abdomen is entered, scarring and adhesions (bands of scar) can form. This can sometimes make subsequent surgery more difficult and, if inside the abdominal cavity, can cause future problems. Sounds like some was removed. ...Read more
How are the holes made in the abdomen for robotic prostectomy surgery, by the robotic machine or by the doctor using s scalpel?
Scalpel: The approximately 1/2 inch incisions for robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) are made by scalpel. The "holes" into the abdomen are created by manually inserting sharp-tipped trocars through the incisions. The DaVinci Robot is a set of articulating arms that hold and handle the various instruments passed through the trocars and controlled by the surgeon who sits at a console ...Read more
After surgery for pinkie, scar tissue formed around cut area. Now whenever I close my pinkie I feel the scar tissue. What is the treatment for s.T?
Scars may soften: Wound healing is triggered by inflammation after trauma, infection, or surgery. It takes 3 to 6 months for the inflammation to subside. The collagen that resulted may take one to two years to soften and reorganize. Massage, silicone sheeting, carboxytherapy, and other topical products (such as mederma, scarfade, newgel+, etc.) can help scars to mature. ...Read more
Temporary discomfort: It also depends on what it is done to you. Laparoscopic surgery is a technique that can be used to just look inside your abdomen or perform complex operations to treat a number of conditions. In general some patients feel abdominal distension, shoulder pain and possible nausea. There may also be pain associated with abdominal incisions used to accommodate instruments and scopes. ...Read more
You probably can't.: Depending on the nature and location of your surgery and the location of your scars, they may not have to be exposed at all. Having said that, the or team has seen it all before, and much worse, believe me. I wouldn't worry about it. We're all professionals there to do a job, not to judge you. If you haven't already, you should talk to someone about your tendency toward self harm. ...Read more
Depends: Open or laparoscopic surgery? Gas from laparoscopic surgery, even though it is removed, leaves a full bloated feeling & resolves in a few days. If open surgery then eat small light foods, more liquids than sold foods, minimize narcotic pain medications, take a mild laxative if constipated. Walk around more. Try warm heat on the abdomen. ...Read more
Possibly: Depending on the location of the scars and how you are surgically draped - that is a possibility. ...Read more
Nothing: Scars fade but will never disappear. You have a story to tell -- a full life always gives scars, and no person worth loving cares if you have one on your penis. And I admire your courage in writing about such a sensitive topic. Good luck, and love wisely and well. ...Read more
Common: The incidence of incisional hernias is quite variable depending upon the operation (midline incisions have the highest risk) and the health of the patient. Factors that increase the risk include obesity, smoking, wound infections, malnutrition, heavy lifting, etc. Following a midline incision, hernia rates have been published as low as 5% and as high as 20% incidence. ...Read more
Yes but. ..: Make sure you discuss that with your surgeon. It helps to have the operative records from previous surgeries as well. It also depends on how long ago that surgery was and if there were any complications. It most likely won't be an issue, but it is something to discuss with your surgeon in advance and to understand any potential risks. Good luck! ...Read more
A small one.: Typically, an incision for parathyroid (or most thyroid) surgery is about 3" long and follows a slightly curved skin crease just above the collarbones. In most cases, it will heal to about pencil line thickness and be noticeable only to someone looking closely at your neck, although it may be quite noticeable in the first few months. ...Read more