Emergency laparotomy: Post–surgery, my incision was left open for a few days in case doctors needed to go back in. After I was closed up with staples, my incision failed to heal properly. I had a big hole in my stomach that I had to clean and pack with gauze twice a day for several weeks while my incision healed slowly from the inside out. Because it healed this way, I was left with significantly more scar tissue and an even bigger scar than I otherwise would have had. Years later and my scar was still significant at about 8” long vertically and about >2.5” wide. The scar discoloration ranged from a deep purple to, at times, being very white in contrast to the normal, soft pink color of my skin around it. Not only did it look extreme, but it was also quite painful due to nerve damage and the amount of scar tissue inside. Normal movements caused feelings of my insides being tugged on and twisted, making my previous lifestyle of being extremely active, impossible.
Summer 2018 I had a consultation with a plastic surgeon to see what options I had to improve or get rid of my scar. I was given 2 options – both of which would be a surgery. I was not keen on more surgery, more incisions, more scar tissue, more down time, etc and the natural options I‘d been using were not helping.