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anyone understand hypertrophic scars?????

dehoyos13ddehoyos13 Posts: 291
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all. I saw my ortho surgeon today. There are a few concerns...firstly is the clumsiness. I was thinking that it was because of the meds or just crazy happenings for me....3 knocks to the head in 2 months. Not just little bumps but serious knocks.

He put me on Flexeril because my muscles are painful and tight. I'm to see him next week when he might send me for a CT scan.

the other deal is that he is concerned about the trouble with this "hypertrophic" scar slowing the healing. Can't really find anything online about this.

anyone have any knowledge???? Gwennie maybe??? ha ha...

I see him next week so I guess I'll know more than too.



  • I have no idea-I just want you to know you are not being ignored
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  • The links Jason provided seem to explain a hypertrophic scar pretty well. Did the doctor indicate there is a problem with your incision?

    I am totally guessing here.... hypertrophy is the "excessive development of an organ or part; specifically : increase in bulk (as by thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts "

    Perhaps there is scar tissue that is developing that is thicker than normal and he's concerned it is pressing on a nerve...rather than speaking about your incision.

    Scarring is a natural part of the healing process. All our bodies make scar tissue to fill in a void when we cut the surface of the skin or have something removed surgically. The articles refer to the surface scars that form to close the skin....So I am not sure what your doctor meant....guess you'll have to wait till next week to find out.

    He thinks the clumsiness is a result of all your tight muscles?

  • Thanks all...Jeannie, your a doll. Thanks Jason for the links because you had to have researched it...appreciate the time you took and Gwennie...I always look forward to your posts.

    The doc is concerned about the clumsiness and muscle tightness. AS soon as he heard that I'm trip over my own feen and trip up the steps...yes, I said UP the steps...he wanted to see me back in a week after taking the flexeril. It makes sense to me that if my muscles are tight then I'd be more prone to tripping and clumsiness but that's just my idea. Yesterday was a crazy day at the office I go to. they have one or two days a month where people with little or no insurance who's kids have scoliosis can be seen. Its a beautiful thing to do...makes for a crazy visit but it was ok. I didn't mind waiting for an hour to see him...in and out.

    About the scar...his concern is that it still is painful to touch. My voice is back but not for talking longer than 30 or 40 minutes. Kinda hard to keep conversation and such. But its also making it harder to just swallow or walk comfortably. I feel this stupid thing and whatever its adhering to as I walk and I can barely lift my head back to rinse shampoo off.

    All in all, I can't comlain. I've met fabulous people through this forum and always get good advise.

    so again...thatks all....
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