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    Recovery of surgery site after Diep Flap
    llrivers posted:

    Its been about a yr and a half since I had my last reconstruction of my stomach area after having a DIEP Flap procedure. And my scar area is still very red and itchy(sometimes). I was wondering if anyone else who has gone through the DIEP Flap procedure and experienced a long process of recovery in the stomach/abdomen area.


    mhall6252 responded:
    Lori - I haven't had DIEP, but I would suggest that you should call your plastic surgeon and let him/her take a look. At this point, it would seem that the scars would have settled down.

    Good luck and let us know what you find out.

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    kiwiallright responded:
    HI Lori,

    I am coming up on close to two years since the DIEP Flap Procedure, the scar in the abdomen area in some spots is read, not sure what they call it and others is looks great. Yes at times it does itch, my PS suggested that if I could not stand the itching they inject something into the scar and it helps with the itching, I am not sure about getting rid of the red. I use Vitamin E cream and also hydrocortizone cream or the generic.
    It took awhile for be to be able to sit up without pain. An example is getting my hair washed when getting my hair done, I would say it took about eight months before I could sit up unassisted. At time now and then when at Dr's office and they want me to lay on that table I need help up and other times I do not.
    If you are unsure of your symptoms check with your PS. Also sorry about my spelling errors.

    Love to all


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