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Old 05-28-2007, 04:07 AM   #1
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Does anyone know what causes scar tissue?

I'm going in for a Tibial Tubercle Oesteotomy on Wednesday. Pretty much what I have been explained is the tendon in my knee is not lined up as it should be. It is slanted. He has to cut my tendon, put it where it should be, and then screwing it into place. Does cutting the tendon cause scar tissue?

The reason I'm asking this is because I have neuromas in my feet. A neuroma is scar tissue that build up in my foot because the nerves were inflammed. It forms between the third and fourth toes and are very painful. Mine wouldn't go away so I had to have them removed. I have had four foot operations, cutting the nerves in my feet to remove the scar tissue. But when you cut the nerves, more scar tissue forms. Usually it just breaks up easily but in my case it doesn't. My feet are having a very hard time of breaking up the scar tissue left over from the surgery. Because of this the pain in my feet won't go away.

I'm wondering will this knee surgery cause scar tissue. If so I'm wondering if I will have the same problem. That the scar tissue won't break up as it should and I will always have pain. This could be very different from the foot surgeries because I'm not talking about the nerves here. But I'm not sure. Does anyone have an idea on this?

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Re: Does anyone know what causes scar tissue?

All surgery causes scar tissue - scar tissue is a result of the body healing itself. If you have physical therapy after surgery - part of what PT does is to minimize scar tissue and the effects of it my working through it, massaging it, etc.
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