Lumpectomy scar healing time

Posted by mjay @mjay, Jun 18, 2020

Hi, has anyone had a lumpectomy followed by radiation and a car that still was pretty raw after a considerable amount of time? My scar is in a precarious position bearing the weight of the top of the breast and is taking a long time to heal. It didn’t help that my 6-month mammo and u/s reopened the wound. I’m wondering if it’s a vitamin deficiency or if this is normal to be healing months after the completion of radiation. Thank You

@mjay

Can you let us know if insurance paid for your oxygen treatments, please?

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Medicare and my $ supplement pd. Don’t know if hmo would pay. I believe in paying for Best insurance. Hassle free!

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@mjay

That’s great news! I did try HO, although not for the recommended amount of times. So happy for you!

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Why did u stop H oxygen?

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@mari

Why did u stop H oxygen?

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What was h o for?

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same here, exactly. I healed it in 3 days with fucidin, as they were going to cancel my radiation for the 3rd time.

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@jeaniebean

same here, exactly. I healed it in 3 days with fucidin, as they were going to cancel my radiation for the 3rd time.

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Fucidin sounds interesting

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It is a prescription cream for diabetics. They dont heal well. It was healed in 3 days.

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@mari

Medicare and my $ supplement pd. Don’t know if hmo would pay. I believe in paying for Best insurance. Hassle free!

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Have u tried to get oxygen therapy! What was result. ? Of insurance coverage?

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@jeaniebean

I still have a 4 or 5 inch ridge along my scar of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do to break it up or soften it before my mammo in January?? I already use heat and massage with oil and essential oils.

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@jeaniebean
Swell spots work quite well – my physical therapist recommended this to me. I used it under a compression bra for 2 weeks and now just wear it about every third day. If you had radiation, a ridge is one of the side effects unfortunately. The swell spot has helped to soften up this ridge and other lumps. Here's one site so you can see what they look like (https://www.lymphedemaproducts.com/products/breast-swell-spot.html).

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@jeaniebean

I still have a 4 or 5 inch ridge along my scar of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do to break it up or soften it before my mammo in January?? I already use heat and massage with oil and essential oils.

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Thank you so much! I just ordered it from your link! Just slip under my arm inside my bras?

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I still have a 4 or 5 inch ridge along my scar of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do to break it up or soften it before my mammo in January?? I already use heat and massage with oil and essential oils.

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@jeaniebean

I still have a 4 or 5 inch ridge along my scar of scar tissue. Is there anything I can do to break it up or soften it before my mammo in January?? I already use heat and massage with oil and essential oils.

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Hi @jeaniebean, You'll notice that I moved your post and @trixie1313's helpful reply to this existing discussion about healing and scar tissue. You may also be interested in the advice shared by Trixie @roch @sparklegram and @dmpill in this discussion:
– Cording / Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cording-axillary-web-syndrome-aws/

Jeanie, have the application of heat and massage helped break up the scar tissue for you?

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@jeaniebean

Thank you so much! I just ordered it from your link! Just slip under my arm inside my bras?

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@jeaniebean
Yes, I have a compression bra that I place the breast area and then around back under my underarm and toward the back. However, if you could see a physical therapist, they may be able to assist you with this and show you lymphatic massage which will help as well. It may not all go away, but it may help soften it up.

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