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    Asked by Beannie on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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    Scars from surgery and radiation - what if anything did you do to keep area from being so hard and scar tissue so sore?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I was given hydrophor to help with the healing of my skin - i applied right after each radiation treatment - and several times a day - but not first thing in the morning as my treatment was scheduled for 9 AM. i also used it for several months after my treatment ended. It can take over a year for scar and scar tissue to heal. I in addition to my lumpectomy I've had nepherctomy, an overectomy/appendectomy, as wells as several "minor' surgeries to remove fibroids and fibroadenoma. My lumpectomy was 2.5 years ago and the internal scar tissue is still a bit had and settling - though my outside scar is completely healed.

      Light stretching and exercise of the area really helps with the tightness and healing.

      over 7 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      I was given Aquaphor. I am also using LaMare. I am not have any issues.

      over 7 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      Even almost 2 years out, I still have to massage the scar under my arm where lymphs nodes were taken. Raise arms above head several times helps also.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Movement is key. Stretching, several times during the day. Some gradual, light strength training may help, too. Especially when you strengthen the muscles that oppose the tight areas. Consider getting help with this from a PT, ideally one who has experience with mastectomy patients.

      over 7 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I didn't have radiation, just surgery, but I had been told to do the stretches provided post-op and gentle massage. It was definitely not enough. The stretches needed a major overhaul after 3 weeks or so of healing because I needed to be doing so much more. The massaging needed to be skin-rolling and rough, as I learned from a PT I had to work VERY hard to get a referral for. SO glad I did. I have awesome range of motion now and much less discomfort. When I had only been doing gentle massage, I felt like someone was tugging a string of dental floss across my chest and pulling many, many times a day.

      over 7 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      I am going to look into PT referral I think also. Underarm from dissection and two procedures with radiation have caused the scar tissue to be very sore and hard. Thanks for responses.

      over 7 years ago

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