Surgery scars - itching?

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StrictlyInc
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   Posted 12/26/2006 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious... my scars from surgery seem to itch a fair amount of the time.  Do others experience this?  does this go away?  Any recommendations other than the obvious scratching?
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Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7
negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA:  0
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily
 


JayMan56
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   Posted 12/26/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Raheeb, Don't sweat it....... My laporascopic surgery was two weeks ago today and the surgical incision wounds have been driving me nuts with itching. My doctor warned me not to scrub the wounds in the shower and not to peel off the surgical second skin on the wounds. I was placing triple antibiotic ointment on the wounds but was told to stop that. You're AOK, just don't rub or pick at the wounds..... Jay
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Tamu
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   Posted 12/26/2006 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Raheeb,

Mine itched some but not as bad as what Jayman and you are indicating. I do not know how your incisions were handled but mine had dermabond glue over them and that may be why I did not have a lot of itching. Once the scabs came off then what I did was put some vitamin E on them. I did this by just taking a vitamin E pill and puncturing it with a needle and squeezing out the liquid.

Tamu
Diagnosed 7/6/06
1 of 10 core samples, 40%
Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path
Gleason 3+3
Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 12/26/2006 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Raheeb,

Yes all my surgical scars itched; from all 3 surgeries. My mom used to say that it was a sign of healing. Have you even known a mom to be wrong? So I applied a little Benedril ointment to the scar for itch relief, and don't scratch. Good luck.

Glen
Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
 


fogball
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   Posted 12/26/2006 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   

   Itching six months post operation does not sound kosher to me!
 I would want a medical opinion on that one; give your surgeon/urologist
 office a call.

Swimom
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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Rehab,

I'll save ya the price of an office call. It's scar tissue continuing to form. All he's going to say is massage it with E oil or lotion several times a day until the scars are less sensitive. Using the pads of the fingers or even the knuckles, massage the scars daily adding a little pressure until you can a decent amount of pressure on them. It breaks up some of the tissue and prevents more from building up. Most of all the scars won't be hypersensitive to the touch. You will really appreciate the outcome if any of the scars are at the belt line.

Any scar can be made less noticable and less sensititive, even old scars to a point, by using scar massage.

StrictlyInc
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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies.  My scars are not sensitive at all at this point, as my surgery was back in July.  They just itch a bit (and are a bit hard to the touch).  Was just wondering if there is anything at this point that can be done.  I will try swimom's suggestion.

____________________
 
Prostate cancer diagnosed:  May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score:  3+3=6
daVinci radical prostatectomy:  July 25, 2006
size of tumor:  approx 1.1 inches
post-surgery Gleason score:  3+4=7
negative margins from surgery
number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery:  3 to 5
number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery:  1 to 2
first post-surgery PSA:  0
ongoing post-surgery treatment:  Cialis every other day, Viagra "on-demand", ErecAid pump daily
 


Swimom
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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Trust me Rehab!!! 4 surgeries on the palm side of my hand at one time has taught me a lot about scaring. Actually, a fabulous occupational therapist taught me a lot about scarring!

Swim

Oh yeah Everyone...off subject but....Chris' placed 6th over al in the district with his butterfly! had our preseason conference pre-lims Friday. Not too shabby considering he just started doing this stroke at the end of last season :>)

bluebird
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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Raheeb,

 

After 5 months you may be dealing with the following….. Keloids. 

 

I have 2 ~ 8” scars which have keloids.  They itch and at times have a burning sensation. 

I am 5’5 ½ ”, weigh 130 +/- 2  ;) , white, female.  After having breast reduction surgery I am dealing with keloids.  My doctor has injected cortisone directly into the scars (8 injections on each side) and this has helped tremendously.  He would only do this twice so I’m dealing with what I have.  I use a sesame lotion to help the tightness which I think attributes to the itching… and this has helped.  Also – using Vitamine E like exactly like Tamu. I snipe the ends and place the liquid in a very small container for daily use. 

 

My sister had a 1 inch scar and a ¼” scar and has had multiple injections and the hardness is just about gone.  She had pain with hers and she is doing GREAT!!!  I’m getting feedback from her and may research about having more injections.  She had 2 doctors and each had different ideas on what was the right treatment… she started with 1st doctor and when she saw a different doctor for something else she asked him what he would be doing and she is now seeing the  2nd doctor for her keloids.  He has helped her tremendously and her last visit will be in January if she feels she needs 1 more injection.  So it pays to get 2nd opinions……

 

I found this definition on-line.  This may help you to determine if this is what you’re dealing with. 

 

Take care ~

Lee

 

Keloid

What is a keloid?

A keloid is a scar that doesn't know when to stop. When the skin is injured, cells grow back to fill in the gap. Somehow, they "know" when the scar tissue is even with the contour of the skin, at which point they stop multiplying. When the cells keep on reproducing, the result is a what is called a overgrown (hypertrophic) scar or a keloid.

A hypertrophic scar is a thick, raised, smooth area that is confined to the site of injury. It diminishes over a period of one year or more.

A keloid, by contrast, may extend beyond the site of injury. Keloids do not subside.

What does a keloid look and feel like?

A keloid looks shiny and is often dome-shaped. It can range in color from slightly pink to red. It feels hard and thick and is always raised above the surrounding skin.

Where on the body do keloids tend to appear?

Keloids are most commonly located on the chest, upper back, and shoulders. However, they can appear almost anywhere, such as in surgical scars any place on the body and in the earlobes or other areas that have been pierced for cosmetic purposes.

Do keloids cause symptoms?

They may or may not. If they do, the symptoms may include itching, tenderness, and mild pain.

Who is particularly prone to develop keloids?

People of African or Asian descent are more likely to get keloids than people with lighter skin. 

Not always!…… keloids run in our family.  My mom had strawberry blond hair, sisters very blond/blue eyes and my dad was very fair…. 

How about high-risk areas of the body?

People of any skin type can get a keloid in a high-risk area of the body such as the mid-chest. A keloid can develop even when there has been no apparent injury to the skin.

How do I know if I am susceptible to keloids?

This is an important question and one to which only a partial answer can be given. If you belong to a high-risk group, or if the surgery you plan or need to have involves a high-risk area of the body, your chances of forming a keloid are (by definition) greater. There are many exceptions, however, and these scars may form on a given person after some injuries, but not others, for no obvious reason. 


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a  

Confined to Prostate   June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable


StrictlyInc
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   Posted 12/27/2006 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I definitely have keloids - I guess I should have thrown that in.  Mine have not burned for quite awhile.  They might be growing, slightly.
 

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Post Edited By Moderator (bluebird) : 6/26/2007 1:37:12 PM (GMT-6)

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