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"Will a cortisone shot break up scar tissue?"
had bunion removal surgery and a titanium pin put in....have scar tissue build up...will cortisone shot break up this tissue?
Has the scar continued to get bigger or is it a stable size? Some people develop hyper-aggressive scar formations known as keloids that are very difficult to treat. Have you had any drainage from the scar area, fevers, chills, breakdown of the incision site or tenderness along the scar area? These signs for infection would be concerning and would warrant being evaluated by your surgeon. Do you have problems with your body creating excessive scar tissue, such as if you get your ear pierced or with any other elective surgery? Again, this is a sign of keloid formations. In general, there are no good methods to decrease scar tissue. These are important questions to consider and discuss with your primary care doctor, who will be able to evaluate your medical history, presenting symptoms and clinical exam and decide upon the appropriate work up and treatment options. In general, there have not been many topical or oral medications that have been shown to have any improvement in scar formation or decrease in patients. If this is just a normal postoperative scar, there are potential surgical options available but it is important to discuss these concerns with your primary care doctor as he or she will best be able to decide what is causing this and what treatment options are available.
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