Raised Ridge at Incision Site

Posted by cinj @cinj, Dec 23, 2022

Had laparoscopic surgery 6 weeks ago for cancerous tumor in my sigmoid colon. The larger incision above my pubic bone looks to be healing well scar wise, but the incision is raised into a ridge and when I eat seems to get tight and protrude even more than it already is. Has anyone had this issue? I can’t find anything online. There’s no pain except for what I would expect at 6 weeks post op, (mildly hurts to bend over, can’t sleep on stomach). Everything else seems “normal” as far as I can tell, but the tightness and swelling when I eat is frustrating and I’m wondering if this ridge and discomfort is forever or if things will flatten out and settle.

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Hi,

I have lots of abdominal scars from surgery (open surgey) – all had raised ridges that felt pulling for about a month 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, then got better. My scars are flat but I can still feel scar tissue under them. But, the discomfort goes away from the incision. I have lots of photos of their various stages of healing but do not want to gross anyone out on Christmas eve. Hang in there.

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I am 3 years post colostomy and recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma – moderately differentiated – at the site of the incision. It is extremely painful. Surgery is not an option because the surrounding tissue is extensively damaged from the previous radiation. I am scheduled to start radiation (for this new cancer) on Jan. 4th, but the prognosis doesn't sound too hopeful. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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@cinj, I'd like to add my welcome along with the helpful posts you received from @jacqquie and @bea1972. I agree with Bea that the incision will likely be less tight and flatten with time. It takes a while. Having said that, if you're concerned, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon or send a photo on a patient portal. You don't want to ignore something that might need attention.

@jacqquie, am I to understand that you had colon cancer and now you have a new cancer – squamous cell carcinoma – a skin cancer right at the site of an old incision for surgery or at the exit site of the colostomy?

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@colleenyoung

@cinj, I'd like to add my welcome along with the helpful posts you received from @jacqquie and @bea1972. I agree with Bea that the incision will likely be less tight and flatten with time. It takes a while. Having said that, if you're concerned, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon or send a photo on a patient portal. You don't want to ignore something that might need attention.

@jacqquie, am I to understand that you had colon cancer and now you have a new cancer – squamous cell carcinoma – a skin cancer right at the site of an old incision for surgery or at the exit site of the colostomy?

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That's correct. I suppose the exit site of the colostomy might be the most accurate way of describing it. It is extremely painful. A radiation doctor will be seeing me on Jan. 4 to see if radiation is a possibility. Every other treatment has been ruled out.

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