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Scar tissue from surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
OK - I'm 3.5 months post-laminectomy/discectomy L4/L5, still in much worse pain than before surgery. Had a follow-up MRI with contrast. Met with the surgeon today and he showed me, on the new MRI, the bright white areas where the surgery was done and said that represents scar tissue and inflammation.

Vague about what the long-term is for pain and said I need more time for it to "calm down" and said I should swim as much as I can to strengthen the back.

Anyone have info on scar tissue? I wonder if that won't be a lifelong source of pain?

Thanks all! Rosa


  • Hi Rosa,
    Im not too sure - surely all surgery causes scar tissue but the key fact is where that is? Is your pressing on nerves?

    Most ppl suggest it takes a good few mths to recover from surgery. Take Care
  • Hope your pain goes away, just keep in mind scar tissue is like having rubber erasers in your back. Your Dr. is right that swimming and good excerises may help with getting the tissue back to normal. If you have inflamation currently are you taking NSAIDS they may help.

    My back has been opened up 4 times and the last refusion my Dr. said the longest part of surgery was removing the scar tissue. There is also a deep tissue massage that helps break down the scar tissue this my also help.

    Take care
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  • Thanks for the input. I wonder if there are any specific exercises for breaking up scar tissue? He did say, in addition to swimming, to do backward stretching, such as the Cobra Pose in yoga...

    Anyone have any info on exercises?
    Thanks again!! Rosa
  • The exercises would depend on if you had a PLIF or a TLIF.

    I know that I had inflamation in the CT scan at 3 months and the Dr was happy with that as he said it is a sign of the fusion starting to occur. Do you know if you had the BMP inserted in the graft?

    Swimming is great and there are so many exercises you can do in the pool if you get a physio to show them to you.

    Blessings Sara
  • It will take time for things to settle right down before you know what is inflammation and what is scar tissue. Do you have a physiotherapist? Like TooYoungForThis said, there are deep tissue massage techniques that can help break down scar tissues and adhesions, but most therapists are reluctant to give treatments to people soon after surgery so it would need to be a specialist who does the treatment. Stretching is also good, but you really should seek some advice from a qualified physiotherapist before doing any of these things just to be sure you're not going to do something that may make things worse.

    Good luck and I hope things settle down soon. Spicey :)
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