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Question: Two problems-scar tissue, skin reaction from stitches?

 toban - Mon May 01, 2006 10:40 am

Hi, I am 34 years old, female and had ulnar nerve compression surgery on my left elbow April 25. The surgeon said I had a lot of scar tissue in my elbow. I had previous injuries to this area such as bruising, strains, sprains and a dislocated shoulder in the past year. So do the above injuries lead to scar tissue if they don't heal properly or one injury on top of another?

Also I am having problems with my dressing. I think I may be allergic to the steri-strip tape he used across the incision or maybe dissolvable stitches?. He also used dissolvable stitches. I feel very itchy and can actually see what appears to be one small blister type thing. My bandage is slightly loose and I took a flashlight without sticking it down the dressing and could see the above. I don't scratch the dressing or touch anything. My bandage will not be removed until May.8. Is there anything I can do or should I contact the surgeon?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed May 03, 2006 9:00 am

User avatar Hi toban,
Itching is a typical response and usually indicates healing. However, the formation of blisters etc. is not a typical response and you should contact the surgeon.
Theresa Jones, RN

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