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Anyone with a vertical scar on your neck?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was just wondering if I'm the only one with a scar that runs vertical. Mine is about 2 1/2 inches long and it looks so obvious.

I had three disks removed and fused with plastic and titanium..

Does anyone else have the same kind of scar that I do?


  • I am 7 weeks postop and have the vertical scar. I am using meladerma & retin-a on mine. Did you use anything on it after surgery?

    If it really bothers you, I believe a plastic surgeon could try scar revision.

    Hope this helps,

  • Thank you for writing back.
    My scar is from a year ago, but I haven't seen anyone else with this type before.
    I was at the PT office for my daughter's ankle injury and a lady was talking about her surgery. She sounded like she had quite a bit of work done on her neck but her her scar was horizontal and barely visible.

    My scar isn't too bad, but it is visible.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one. :SS
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  • Mine is the same as yours,right up the right side. same length.i had a 3level done as well.i guess when they do more levels they need more room to see.LOL i'm only 5months and it still looks ugly to me but i try not to look at it too much ;)
  • I have a nice long one in the back of my neck, generally covered by my hair.


    Sorry couldn't resist comparing scars =))
  • I would assume that the positioning of the incision has to do with which levels are being worked on and the extent of the work to be done. My front incision is located exactly in the middle right at the base of my throat, about collar bone level. I think that is because they needed to reach the T1 area. This incision is fading quite nicely. However, I have a whopper of an ugly incision down the back of my neck :''( .

    I will add that I have seen some vertical incisions along the side of necks that have faded very nicely too. It does take a long time, but eventually it won't be so noticable.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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  • Have to say that I have one in the front about 4 inches vertical and one in the back about 7 inches. My Wife thought it would be funny if the incision went horizontal in the front...she thought it would be cool to be married to a pez dispenser :))(

  • I'm so glad I'm not the only one... my doctor had told me that when they do multiple levels that they have to go in horizontaly.. Honestly, I thought he was lying to me [(
    and that they some how screwed up, but now you all have cleared that up for me and I can start liking my NS again. :)

    I try to keep light of it and when people ask or they look, I tell them me and my husband got into a fight and he stabbed me, but he said he was sorry and things are honky-dory now. That really gets people wondering! hee hee hee.
  • I had a posterior surgery last month, and I have a 3 1/2 inch vertical scar.
  • My scar is horizontal and right in the middle of my neck. I had C5 / C6 done. It is about 2 inches. I wil wear my scar with pride for what I have been through. It looks way better the my c section scar that is vertical from 21 yrs ago. =))
  • I have a scar like haglandc has on the posterior aspect of my neck that is about 4 inces long. This one is from a Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy at C 3-4 and C 4-5.

    The Newest one I have on my neck is horizontal and I hae not measured it at this time. It is from a 2 level ACDF C 4-5 and C 5-6.

    I have many surgical scars as you can see on my signature and right now I am working on the lumps in the newest surgical incision. I was tought by my hand surgeons occupational therapist how to get surgical scars to flatten and become smooth.

    So if anyone would like to know about this porcess please feel free to PM me.

    I think every doc is different and every case my need a different type of access.

    Best of luck to all of us will recent surgical intervention that we may get our scars to be smooth and as unoticable as possible.

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