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Can scare tissue develop and cause tenderness at lung cancer surgery site two years after surgery?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Earle
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No and yes

The scar tissue can cause pain years later, but didn't just develop, its been there all along.
.why no pain before? Nobody knows. It's also possible that the pain is from something else, such as a muscle spasm. If its severe, or unrelenting, you can always contact your thoracic surgeon and get it checked out. Hope this helps!

In brief: No and yes

The scar tissue can cause pain years later, but didn't just develop, its been there all along.
.why no pain before? Nobody knows. It's also possible that the pain is from something else, such as a muscle spasm. If its severe, or unrelenting, you can always contact your thoracic surgeon and get it checked out. Hope this helps!
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

When lung cancers are treated surgically, the tumoris removed by a thoracotomy.
The incision made between the ribs can injure the intercostal nerve and as a result a neuroma can form which can rmain tender for a long period of time.

In brief: Yes

When lung cancers are treated surgically, the tumoris removed by a thoracotomy.
The incision made between the ribs can injure the intercostal nerve and as a result a neuroma can form which can rmain tender for a long period of time.
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Dr. Sandor Woren
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Unlikely

Although scar tissue can sometimes cause pain while it is forming, it is extremely unlikely to happen after two years, since it contains no nerve endings or pain receptors.

In brief: Unlikely

Although scar tissue can sometimes cause pain while it is forming, it is extremely unlikely to happen after two years, since it contains no nerve endings or pain receptors.
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Dr. Christiane Smith
Family Medicine

In brief: No

It would be unusual for the scar tissue to cause NEW onset pain.
If you had the pain ever since the surgery, that is normal. But if it has just suddenly occurred out of the blue, without a direct injury to that area, then you need to go have it checked out by your doc.

In brief: No

It would be unusual for the scar tissue to cause NEW onset pain.
If you had the pain ever since the surgery, that is normal. But if it has just suddenly occurred out of the blue, without a direct injury to that area, then you need to go have it checked out by your doc.
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Dr. Karen Dantin
Family Medicine

In brief: Check it out

Check it out. Could be scar tissue or other things.

In brief: Check it out

Check it out. Could be scar tissue or other things.
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