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Old 05-06-2010, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How long does it take the inner layers & muscles to heal?

I was going to a actually ask this privately but decided it might be helpful if anyone else had this question too!

With the open surgery my outer incision has healed and is totally amazing!She obviously has a plastics background or is just very talented with the scapel. She did some great clean up of the thick/wide areas the lowest most point at the curve she did around my navel(for my belly ring) is the only area that pulled a bit and is probably going to heal a bit wider than I was hoping for. It turns bright purple when I've overdone so it's my barometer of sorts now.

But the question of the last week for myself and others in the family is:

How long does it take all those underneath layers of skin, tissue, muscles that were cut through to fully heal?


I often get twinges and if I 'suck in' it pulls deep in the muscle layer and aches hard. I still have pain of course in the biggest area of scar tissue on that left side (I keep thinking right..so left/right dyslexic here! lol) where the internal herniation of the intestine was and the largest mound of scar tissue was removed. That I suspect will take the longest to stop hurting.

Healing I know goes from OUTSIDE to DEEP inside..and that's why it can be so deceptive when our outer scars, whether they be from the laproscopic or the open surgeries, heal quickly. Easy to think it's all 'healed up inside too!"..so I thought I'd ask it here for everyone to have an answer on this one too!
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think 4-6 weeks at most, as far as all the tissues go, but nerve pain can continue sometimes for a year or two, even after everything's healed up, though I think it usually goes away or recedes to just a slight pulling or discomfort, after 3-6 months. This might be due to the possibility that the nerve that regenerated is more sensitive than the rest that was intact, and that area becomes the pain point.
I've seen this with a couple of patients who had open chest surgery for one reason or another. The incision line was parallel to the rib, which means that the intercostal nerve that runs just below the rib may have been cut or at least pulled when closing the incision, and was causing the pain.
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Thanks for asking Bree. We're sort of in the same boat in that I'm healing from a lower body lift and have a huge incision, though I don't have the pain from muscles being cut like you do. I'm 2 weeks out and kind of scared to do anything that pulls the incision 'cause I'm afraid it will split open.
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Thanks for asking Bree...I am three weeks out from Lap and still have a tugging/pulling sensation on the upper left that bothers me when I try and do to much. I to was wondering how long before that got better, but found no one posting on it so thought I was being a wimp!
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Thanks doc and gals! I always am unafraid to ask even if it seems kinda dumb even to me! As the swelling goes down and down, it really kind of amazes me to see the abs that were covered by the swelling. it's like..dang!..so of course for me i know I want to be totally healed with no worries about anything in the skin layers, muscles, etc, before I ever start to do anything lifting wise.

I have NOT been released to DO anything yet, but trying to think ahead to at least make some gentle paths to go down, you know? I can sit down and put a lot of personal energy into creating an entire year's worth of work slowly and surely back to where I was just last summer body wise, you know?

But then I remind myself that was body which had years of hard work put into it, this is all a "new-ish" body that requires a different approach.

I really DO want to fully understand that healing process so that ->>I<<-- don't rush the process at all.

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PS..for me plastics is NOT a route I will pursue or want to, that's due to a lot of immune system issues. I FULLY support all who choose to go through PS surgeries...it's just for ME not a road that I will ever go down. Workouts are my focus for my results and for other personal reasons.
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