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JenM
07-15-2010, 09:59 AM
Hi all-

My doctor said I could use mederma(sp?) for the incision if I wanted to put anything on the incision. My mom kept telling me Vitamin E oil over and over again so when she asked the doctor in front of him he said no, which was a relief to me. What is mederma, has anyone used it? Is it a lotion/cream, or is it some type of strips?

Also, this is a stupid question, but I was wondering can you just put regular lotion (lubriderm, jergens, etc) all over your back area except for your incision? I noticed my back in general is getting very, very dry and I'd like to rub some cream on it. I'm just not sure if we are supposed to or allowed to.


Thanks!

JenM

Confusedmom
07-15-2010, 01:24 PM
Mederma is used to minimize scars.

Evelyn

doodie
07-15-2010, 01:48 PM
That might take an awful lot of Mederma and it's pretty pricey stuff! The patches might be hard to keep in place if you're scooting in and out of bed a lot.

As for the lotion, as long as your scar is healed I think it would be okay - especially if you're only using the lotion around the scar area. Maybe a gentle massage at the same time - that might feel nice!

Debra JGL
07-15-2010, 04:25 PM
Hey Jen, we used Mederma when my son had a scar on his forehead. The doctor recommended it and it worked great. The main ingredient is aloe and that's what it feels like, a liquidy gel. But it sinks right into the skin. It is pricey but might really help.

naptown78
07-15-2010, 05:32 PM
I used Mederma on my scar. A little goes a long way so even though it is expensive it lasts a long time. It is like a clear gel, comes in a tube and you can get it at Walgreens or at any drugstore I imagine.

Back-out
07-15-2010, 07:28 PM
Good to know about this product. I wonder, though, if aloe is the main ingredient, why not use plain aloe? (Having just returned from a health food store and noticed aloe products there - a lot cheaper than this one!)

I guess one needs a helper to apply this stuff to scars in back, right? (Duh! Seeing as how it would take a helper to reach there even BEFORE surgery...)

*sigh* Another of those things it's impossible to do alone. :(
I wonder it those reach applicator things would work for this. Of course, there are a couple of problems - the price if it's wasted and also SEEING where to put it! I.e., not just reaching...

Doodles
07-15-2010, 08:24 PM
I've used several tubes of Mederma--it didn't really seem to do much for mine. I think some have success with it. Janet

Snoopy
07-16-2010, 07:10 AM
Good to know about this product. I wonder, though, if aloe is the main ingredient, why not use plain aloe? (Having just returned from a health food store and noticed aloe products there - a lot cheaper than this one!)

I guess one needs a helper to apply this stuff to scars in back, right? (Duh! Seeing as how it would take a helper to reach there even BEFORE surgery...)

*sigh* Another of those things it's impossible to do alone. :(
I wonder it those reach applicator things would work for this. Of course, there are a couple of problems - the price if it's wasted and also SEEING where to put it! I.e., not just reaching...


It is not necessary to use anything on your scar. We never used Mederma or anything else on Jamie's back and her scar is a very faded, thin white line that most people don't notice unless they are standing very close to her. So, that's one thing you can scratch off your list! :D

My best recommendation is to keep the scar out of the sun for the first year. That's what Jamie's doctor recommended. Her first post-op summer, she wore a speedo one piece suit that covered most of the scar. We used tons of suntan lotion and reapplied it often. And no, you don't need a helper to do this. They make great suntan lotion in a spray can that you don't have to rub in. You can always wear a t-shirt as added protection if you feel you might have missed a spot with the spray lotion.

Mary Lou

leahdragonfly
07-16-2010, 08:05 AM
We were advised to try Mederma or Vit E squeezed from a capsule after my daughter's VBS surgery in May. She got a big rash twice from Vit E, so now we use Mederma. It is Aloe, but it also has onion bulb extract and I think walnut extract, so who knows? I have heard it helped some but not others.

Our doc told us the scar tissue has no oil glands in it, so he advised we apply lotion to the area every day. He told us this at her one-month check up. He also told us to make very sure it doesn't see the sun or get sunburned for one year, as this will permanantly "tatoo" red into the scar. I got her a short-sleeved rash-guard swim top which she loves, and it covers the two scars completely.

Good luck!

Vali
07-16-2010, 08:48 AM
We have a similare product over here in Aus. It is also very expensive even though my Private Health care offers a rebate, however, i found that Rosehip Oil worked best for me and my other two friends said that Bio-Oil worked for them.

nell
07-16-2010, 03:17 PM
Hi all-

My doctor said I could use mederma(sp?) for the incision if I wanted to put anything on the incision. My mom kept telling me Vitamin E oil over and over again so when she asked the doctor in front of him he said no, which was a relief to me. What is mederma, has anyone used it? Is it a lotion/cream, or is it some type of strips?

JenM

Maybe you can use BioOil? it minimizes scars, stretch marks, sun damage and it's really not that expensive! There's a ton of minerals and stuff in it though, so I would ask the doc. Best of luck in your healing!

Suzy
07-18-2010, 01:43 PM
I used Mederma for about 1 year. (That is how long 1 large tube lasted) Then kept sunscreen on my scar for the next 3 years. I used a product made by ocean potion. It is a spf 60 in a dab on tube. I removed the dab on applicator because it was over 1/2" wide and dipped a cotton swab into the liquid and applied it down my scar. You can hardly see my scar. I used about 1 1/2 tubes of the sunscreen total.
A friend of mine had back surgery a week after I did and did none of the above, his scar is very dark now. Overkill? Maybe, but easy enough to do.


2/22/06 T10-L4 was 49* now 8*

Back-out
07-18-2010, 02:05 PM
It is a spf 60 in a dab on tube. I removed the dab on applicator because it was over 1/2" wide and dipped a cotton swab into the liquid and applied it down my scar. You can hardly see my scar. I used about 1 1/2 tubes of the sunscreen total.
...easy enough to do.


You mean "easy enough" for someone else to apply to your back, right? On things like this, we singletons need to dot the i's and cross the t's, even though often, I fear I know the answer...Just hoping for some solution I haven't heard of, though! Often ingenuity has dictated there ARE ways, in method or products.

And how many times a day is it applied?

Trying to figure out how to have someone around even late in recovery for those little things I may continue to need to have done, but have trouble with alone. Even putting on stable running shoes will probably be in that category - they make a huge difference now in whether or not my back hurts. Something about the built-in support. They really are scientifically made - But SNUG!

Suzy
07-19-2010, 02:41 PM
Actually I do do it myself, Not only the SPF but the Mederma too. I held a mirror, looking into it over my shoulder, at my back in the bathroom mirror. I then could see where to run the swab down my scar. I just used my finger for the Mederma. I put the SPF on 1X. I am not a huge swimmer or tanner so it lasts with one application for me.
As for putting on your running shoes you will be able to do it but you need to make sure you keep your hamstrings flexible. That way you can bend your knee and pull your foot up toward you. I have a few friends with HUGE fusions and this is something they can do now. Post op everything is getting use to being in different places and it s a bit tight. Also, pain makes us tense up so. It takes a little time to get everything loosened up again.

dolores a
07-19-2010, 03:06 PM
I guess one needs a helper to apply this stuff to scars in back, right? (Duh! Seeing as how it would take a helper to reach there even BEFORE surgery...)

I use this sponge that is attached to a long adjustable handle to apply any lotions to my back, works great -- you can purchase them in any surgical supply stores. I also use it to apply lotion to my lower legs and feet as I sometimes have problems reaching down that far.

Snoopy
07-19-2010, 03:26 PM
I use this sponge that is attached to a long adjustable handle to apply any lotions to my back, works great -- you can purchase them in any surgical supply stores. I also use it to apply lotion to my lower legs and feet as I sometimes have problems reaching down that far.


Great minds think alike--I was going suggest something similar. To help keep expenses down, you might be able to find something that you would use in the shower that has a sponge on a long handle.

Some women have also attached their razor to a long handle instead of asking someone to shave their legs.

Mary Lou

Back-out
07-19-2010, 03:48 PM
I am SO glad to learn this, can hardly tell. I applied a cream to my whole body after showering throughout my life - for the last years, a "shea butter" from Walmart (heavy cream in a jar). I'd just reconciled myself to giving up that last vestige of former youth these products helped me retain (my skin was my best feature).

Can't thank you enough. Maybe it seems trivial but it matters a lot to me. I'm glad I asked!

I'm expecting the shoes to give me some trouble (and bearing in mind, Ed's comments, didn't want to push my luck. Even now it's quite a struggle to get them on AND off!) . This also bothered me as a future hurdle that I saw as insurmountable, especially as it's very necessary for me to walk comfortably for any length of time.

But according to what you guys are saying, at worst, I should reserve judgment and not " die a thousand deaths" in advance, especially as there may indeed be ways to manage these issues.

It helps my morale a lot too - to retain hope. Who can pay a helper for all these myriad tasks? Yet relinquishing them DID somehow feel inside like giving up.