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Super itchy incision site - safe ways to help?


I had anterior + posterior spinal fusion 11 days ago and while I think the worst of the recovery has passed (or I hope, really am not trying to jinx myself here!), one thing is driving me nuts and that's itchiness around the dermabond/incision site on my back.

The one on the front doesn't bother me at all, so I'm assuming it's because I sleep mostly on my back/additional friction in that area, but any tips to alleviate the itching? I've had my husband double check and it looks normal -- no skin breaking, no signs of infection, no swelling, etc. although the back incision does look a bit more like it's scabbing vs. the front. In the meantime, how can I help it stop? Not sure if there are any creams or natural cures I can use around the site.

My 1st follow up appointment is tomorrow so I'm going to ask then for sure, but just in case someone else already has a miracle answer, checking with the group. :)

360 Spinal Fusion (ALIF/PLIF) 7/3/2014


  • Some of the topical anti itch creams help. Itching is a good sign of healing. And with the scabs forming, it may be that using a little anti itch cream might ease it.
  • Hi --- I swear by vitamin E oil for my scars ... the itching is a sign of healing as Sandi said.. The Vitamin E oil is totally natural and will help the scar heal and put a little elasticity back. I would keep to natural things rather than chemical.
  • Appreciate your input! My dr. said Mederma is okay for around the incision sites as well and might help -- I will def check on the vitamin E!
    360 Spinal Fusion (ALIF/PLIF) 7/3/2014
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