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  • mtlieb
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    Christy,

    The Vitamin E is a great suggestion, thank you. Please forgive all the talk of boobies in the thread lately. Boys will be boys I guess... although now that I think about it, it was Ronnie who started this all! LoL.

    I have to admit though, when I performed my internet searches for incision photos to compare mine to, the predominant surgery that came up every time was breast augmentation. I had no idea they were so popular! Not breasts I mean... I already knew they were fairly popular. I just hadn't realized how common the surgery was.

    Well, there goes another thread into the gutter.

    Jim

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  • momataz_911
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    Don't have to be just for women as far as the vitamin E it works on all scars on both men and women...LOL





    Christy
    aka momataz

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  • mtlieb
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    Originally posted by Tigger1
    I love all this BOOBY talk...
    Easy there, big fella... I'm not having breast augmentation done for you!

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  • Tigger1
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    I love all this BOOBY talk...


    Tigger1

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  • momataz_911
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    Try getting some Vitamin E capsules and busting them open to rub on the scar it really made mine look better... I did this several times a day and it really helped...

    Christy

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  • mtlieb
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    Originally posted by Eileen2345
    Oh yeah, mine is noticeable. But it is not really that bad. It looks like someone took a redish-brown thin marker and drew a line down my chest.
    Eileen, it sounds like you are doing great! By the way, my dermatologist says that an incision of this kind is considered 'fresh' for about 18 months after surgery. You are less than 2 months out... so if your scar already looks good then you will have no problems at all.

    Jim

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  • mtlieb
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    Dang... there should be a limit on how many smiley's you can put in one post woman. LoL.

    My incision is not really bothering me, I only wanted input as to what it should look like at this point in time, from other folks who have had myectomies. I was a bit confused by all this talk of thin white lines from the newbies, but it sounds actually like I am healing just fine. I appreciate all the responses.

    Thanks everyone.

    Jim

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    scars... the issue comes up every so often. There are many ways to deal with scars. Jim if yours is still bothering you I would suggest seeing a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I have had several scars that were big and red years later (original pacemaker, Hickman cath in my chest from endocarditis... and a few assorted others ) I have had steroid injections in the scars - burns like heck for about 20 minutes and then slowly over the next week or so the read is gone and the scar thins.

    If it bothers you please take action... I would say you look fine either way...BUT you blew us off this year at the meeting so how would I know NO NO I am not hurt or anything Really I am over it now :P

    Take care all!
    Lisa

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  • Eileen2345
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    as a woman I think it's more noticeable
    Oh yeah, mine is noticeable. But it is not really that bad. It looks like someone took a redish-brown thin marker and drew a line down my chest.

    But I have been swimming and I have tanned the first half of it. I know I'm being bad.

    For now I have don't wear any shirts or blouses that show cleavage because the scar goes up a little too high. (And I had a large breast augmentation done, I've got big fake ones.)

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  • Toogoofy317
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    I'm sorry Ronnie. But, I can just see Jim getting a Breast Augmentation! and I am rolling on the floor laughing!

    You know I love ya Jim!

    Mary S.

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  • Ronnie
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    Jim-
    Thin white line? Not mine! Next month will be 2 years & my scar is pink (actually I have 2 scars 1 next to the other, from the bypass 8 months after myectomy), as a woman I think it's more noticeable, but I don't care! I don't try to cover it (other than with sunscreen)-it's my badge of courage & Life!
    My only suggestion, if you don't like the looks of it: if you had Breast Augmentation, it could look like cleavage! I'm fairly boosoomy (word?) & I think it blends in!

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  • Tigger1
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    Hey Jim,

    Mine is so covered with hair that if I want to see it I need a comb and brush. I dug thru to have a look, it is pretty much white and about 3/8 inch wide. But like Stuart said as long as nothing is falling out I'm not going to worry...


    Tigger1

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  • Reenie
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    Originally posted by mtlieb

    @Reenie... I had to re-read your post a few times to figure out whether it was supposed to be a compliment or not (because of my age) so I just went ahead and assumed that it was!

    Jim
    Of course it was a compliment!

    Reenie

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  • Toogoofy317
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    Jim,

    As you know I've not had a myectomy but several other battle marks. When my AICD was put in I had a huge pink lump and it itched like mad for almost two years. Only recently did the lump go down and now it is a very stretched scar I'd say about two inches wide now. About a year and a half ago I had a medi-port put in but due to complications the incision re-opened not once but twice! (Any one ever hear of this) That left a nasty scar because it could not be stitched back up it had to heal from the inside out (misery). In Janurary 04 I had an inguinal hernia repair that was so large that they had to make an incision along with the laproscopic work. This incision is about six inches long and about an inch and a half wide and raised. Whenever I have pressure in that area I still get a good amount of pain. It makes "certain" positions next to impossible sometimes.

    I never even thought about going to a dermatologist with all of my scar issues maybe that is what I should do right after I get this AICD replaced. I'm so scared of that incision re-opening too! I'd be rather scared if they told me I could not have the AICD replanted like they did with the mediport!

    Mary S

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  • mtlieb
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    Originally posted by Stuart Schwartz
    Jim... Your myectomy was only about a year ago... Are you saying that you've put on a pound or two?
    LoL... yes Stuart, I certainly did! But fortunately I'm on the downswing here and am back to what I weighed before surgery.

    However, what I was referring to is the fact that scars from previous surgeries (such as the nephrectomy 5 years ago) seemed to heal much the same way as this one is healing, so I don't believe weight is necessarily a factor. I think there's some natural stretching of the incision that takes place during healing.

    That's my story anyway, and I'm sticking to it!

    Jim

    P.S. It was a pepperoni pizza but I didn't get to eat any of it. All that was left when I woke up was a few scattered crumbs across my tummy. Messy docs!

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