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cin605

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Does scar tissue ever go away??
« on: May 18, 2010, 12:39:00 pm »
Hi All!
I was just wondering does scar tissue every go away??
i kno i should have asked this probly a long time ago.
Thanks Cindy
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 12:42:24 pm »
Hi Cindy .....

In the brain?  Or at the exterior incision site?  If in the brain, I have the same question as I have some MRI enhancement post-op they are watching to see if it changes size.  If exterior, my lumpy incision site is unchanged from a couple of months post-op.

Curious to see what other responses you get on this thread .....

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Left retrosigmoid 2.6 cm AN removal, February, 2008, Duke U
Tumor regrew to 1.3 cm in February, 2011
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2010, 02:13:16 pm »
I'm not a medical person, but my guess would be that it doesn't.

Jan
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2010, 02:54:04 pm »
The scar around my ear is not visible because of my hair. I have  a military type hair cut, so the hair is short. Even pulling the hair away, you would really have to look hard to see a scar. The scar on my belly is not too pretty. It is 2 months old. My wife thinks it will turn out well, but it is very lumpy, probably because there was a drain in there for a few days. It feels very hard, maybe 1/4" deep, and still some what purple. I have lots of scars from having skin cancer cut off over the years, and as I age, the scars grow wider...they are not going way. Stay out of the sun!

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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2010, 11:37:16 am »
I am wondering about interior,not exterior.My scar is barley visible even when i have a pony tail in.Its has no color to it just if you knew i had my head and neck cut open you would see a deep slit.
I am concerned about the interior.My last mri showed a spot and they said it was "probly scar tissue"
I replied probly?They said most likely but we will see what happens at next mri.
Can scar tissue cause the same effects as the AN itself?as far as screwing w/ your vestubular and pain and muscle spasms?
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2010, 11:51:24 am »
I know that interior scar tissue does lessen as my Dr was waiting for my 1 year MRI to really for sure tell me there was none left behind.  He said the area is blurred by the scar tissue and once everything is healed better he wanted a better look.  So I would say yes to some extent it does???  But I'm not Dr

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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2010, 01:42:24 pm »
The scar around my ear is not visible because of my hair. I have  a military type hair cut, so the hair is short. Even pulling the hair away, you would really have to look hard to see a scar. The scar on my belly is not too pretty.
Ditto what James said!  The hair on the side of my head is short, never more than 1" long, and my scar is completely hidden.  The scar on my abdomen is about 1.5" across and pretty noticeable.  Not that I care.  I guess if someone asks me about the abdomen scar I will tell them it if from my brain surgery.  That should lead to a pretty interesting reaction!
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2010, 09:31:17 am »
Just to add my 2 cents... My surgeon basically saw the same thing, scar tissue that was enhanced on the MRI.  Instead of another MRI in 5 years, he wants to see the changes in 1 year.  That tells me that scar tissue does in fact continue to change over a long period of time.
 
I know the scar tissue changes affect pain.  I had a rather rough period of headaches back last June/July time frame.  I still get some, but now its mainly when I'm doing strenuous activities.  Hope that helps!
 
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2010, 11:50:31 am »
Thanks for the 2 cents Ernie! ;DEvery little bit helps and gets put into the bank...so next time somebody else asks some thing i can put my 2 cents also!
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2010, 06:42:39 pm »
I had my 4TH annual "Tube o gloom" yesterday. I had mid fossa surgery and "something" was found 1 year post op. My Dr told me subject to radiologist report, he thinks it has shrunk by 50%. I do not have to go back for 18 months. So I guess that scar tissue does shrink and hopefully dissapears
Lainie.

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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2010, 05:36:02 pm »
 ;D....My next tube of gloom visit is scheduled for July 19....a long day that will be......MRI..11:30...hearing test 12:30......ENT 1:30......Nuerosurgeon 2:30...Hospital is 2 1/2 hours away.
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2010, 06:06:53 pm »
Lainie,
 so good to hear from you my dear!!! :-*
 Good news on this MRI as well!! I'm happy to hear that it sounds like scar tissue and not a re-currant AN? do I have this right???... I hope so....
Hows it in L.A? Probably hot a sunny.... we are having a snow storm here today!!!! ... I mean really....it's the end of MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure my wee plants are doomed. Thinking i should move to be with the L.A Angel team!! :D
 Cheers! Donnalynn
3cm AN, Aneurysm in the MCA
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2010, 12:56:56 am »
Hi Donnalyn, Keeping my fingers crossed that "it' is scar tissue. David, Nancy and I went to see Kris today. I got to hold Parker he is absolutely gorgeous. Kris is doing well she just wants to get everything over with. We are all hoping for a great outcome next Friday.
Take care
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Sorry about the snow storm, I won't tell you what it is like here.

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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2010, 11:00:42 am »
Lainie,
 Please don't tell me how warm and sunny it is there ... okay???? :D
 I'm SOOOOOOO jealous that you got to hold wee Parker and I couldn't be there, to enjoy this wee miracle.
Kris is an amazing little lady and she will get through the rest of all of this well. With you all being there for her, how could she not? Enjoy being auntie, and give Parker a hug from his Canadian auntie Donna too. ;)

I'll be calling her today.
I hope beyond hope that it is scar tissue and nothing else my dear girl!! I'll keep you in my prayers for that one!!!!
 Pass my love to everyone there!... wish I could be there!!!!
Donnalynn
3cm AN, Aneurysm in the MCA
Middle Fossa Jan/08
Right side complete hearing loss. Im still healing, and have so much to be thankful for!
Had brilliant and caring surgeons in LA Dr. Friedman, Dr. Schwartz.
Life is precious, and things do get better!
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Re: Does scar tissue ever go away??
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2010, 12:19:38 pm »
can scar tissue inside head casue probs?
over 4.5cm AN removed dec 06