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So what does a liver transplant scar look like?

Just wondering??

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No idea but 2 caesarian and a hysterectomy scar looks like a patchwork quilt !!

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So I won’t be able to wear my mankini to the beach then?

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Of course you can ..... wear your scars with pride..... it says ' I'm a surviver!' 💪😃

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Dont know quite where you'll put your hernia though🤔x

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Oh yeah! I forgot about her 😝

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Brett nothing will ever give you permission to wear a mankini, scars or not!!

PS I got the L - 20 staples healed beautifully(ish)

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There tend to be two types. The Mercedes or the Lexus

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I got the Mercedes 😊. Whilst I'm sure it will fade with time, was wondering if plastic surgery would be an option to improve its appearance? Vain I know 😁. Can't seem to find any information online.

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Klodian is such a nice name. Please explain?

Cheers,

Brett

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Thanks Brett. It's of Albanian origin. Makes for a cool username too I guess 😊

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Have you tried rubbing bio oil on it twice a day ? Apparently it helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

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Funny you should mention that. I've been selling Bio Oil through my business for the last 6 months but never thought of using it myself. Need to learn my products better 😅. Might give it a go 👍

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Mercedes badge for me and my surgeon said a full one due to liver size, am very proud and humble at the same time

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My scar is huge runs in a straight line from my ribs to just above my belly button the right around to my right side almost to my back 😱😱

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My sons is like a backwards L shape. He had it almost 8 months ago and it is fading well. I actually think the scars from his drains look worse, one was really low and was right where his underwear and trouser sat and they kept rubbing and it took ages to heal. Overall I was surprised how neat the wound looked when he came out of surgery.

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Mine too! The backwards L.

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Hi

I haven't had a transplant as yet but my consultant said I will need one at some point do it is very interesting to read your posts. I've got quite a big scar from having my gall bladder out in 1985!! Right across my abdomen as no key hole surgery then. Love and hugs to you all Lynne xxxx

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Hi Lynne

Well umm hate to say but the transplant op isnt keyhole...

Lol i know you know - its just the way you said it 😀

So you’ll be a bit like this yoiks

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Yes, I know that but thanks anyway. My sons day I have a certain way with words which makes them smile!! Take care Lynne

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And you Lynne.. you know I was only teasing. My wife always, always, tells me off forTRYING to be funny (but you’re not she says)

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Really!

I thought they freezed dry the liver then made you swallow it with a glass of water to make it big again? Then all the baby robot pills that you swallowed come to life and sew all the bits and pieces together and then you poo out the old liver?

Or am I wrong?

Or is auntie google doctor wrong?

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Umm Brett, stop looking into next year and get real

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You mean, that's not how its done?????

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Hi Kristian - i think its Bretts brain fog tricking his/her mind 😀

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Wow now wouldn't that be a lot easier ? 🤔

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And to you Lynne.

When do they think you will need an op? Guess you’re not on the LIST yet?

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I haven't had a transplant but my stomach is like a dot to dot book from various surgeries. The most notable scar I have is my thyroidectomy scar although it was done 26 years ago it's never faded. I also have scars on both my wrists into my lower palms from carpal tunnel surgery.

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Hey up dy - what do you get if you join up the dots? Perhaps you could start a guess my dots shape competition on here?

Seriously tho - poor you 😢

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Had my last transplant in 1995 so I’ve got the old fashion scar. Runs just above waist line all the way from the right to just below my left rib cage and a verticals scar that runs up the middle to my breastbone. The rest of my tum looks like a patchwork quilt with scars from other surgeries. My badges of honour.

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Hi smiley

Why is that an old fashion scar? I had my t/p 5 weeks ago and mine is just like yours - i could send you a photo if youd like hahahaha Yuk! 😀

Miles

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Would love ( not ) to post a picture but we don’t want to be putting anyone off their food. A lot of people feel sick enough as it is. Let’s just say I’ve got a couple of friends who have had a transplant in more recent years and made a generalisation.

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Thats interesting smiley. May be it depends how bad your liver is and/or how old you arelol

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Photos please lol!!

Actually, my question was quite interesting with the replies given.

It was a question that everyone thinks but no one asks.

Thanks for sharing everyone! Gosh! I sound like an AA meeting 😝

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Mine is Mercedes which is appropriate was a mechanic till got ill. I assume the AA is auto association which yea certainly sounds right. Photos?? Ummm, but certainly a medal of gratitude to donor and family, all that have dedicated themselves with there dedication,knowledge and so much kindness in all walks of life to get me where I am and our medical services.

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Hi chug have they given you details of donor? So far all i have been told is that he was my size and age! I want to write but cant until i get moreinfo 😧

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It took me a while to write but a weight lifted when I did. Never got an answer but intend to write on again. All I know was my donor was an age match. I think my being here and their thoughtfulness and kindness is more than enough for me to keep in touch.

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Oh - I’m in the RAC....

Theyre Ok but they give you Ruddy Awful Coffee in lieu of Vimto .....

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It was a very good question and interesting to read people’s reply’s

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My scar is more of a boring "T"

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Doesnt sound boring..you sure it was your liver and not your heart....😀

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Looking down on it or straight at it? It could always bee seen as a reminder to have another cup of tea which always sounds a good idea to me. Reckon I should go make another cuppa

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You can't post pictures on comments mine is a Mercedes and looked amazing after six months if you go and have a scroll through my posts you will see I posted a picture about a year ago 😁

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Ahh but how do you find that post. Search never seems to do what i want, ie how do you search by poster (or poser)?

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Stop typing in nude women into the keyword search Mr Miles 😂

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Why? Its the only excitement i get these days.

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Joking..

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😂😂😂😂

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You go to someone's profile and just scroll down 😁

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Aha thx jojo. I didnt know u could look at someone else’s profile doh!

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Just click on the name next to a comment you can see all previous posts sorry but I got hundreds lol

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I havent got time hahahahahahaha

Football at 11, then squash at 1300, then wall climbing at 1500, fencing (snob) at 1700 then hmm ah yes 40 winks

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I had a look but couldn't find it 🤔. What's the post called? Dying of curiosity here 😀

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It's jojokaraks 1st post. Well worth a look.

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But i cant find his/her posts at all. Must be a knack i havent got 😢

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She reposted it again

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Aha ill try again. Thx Brett. PS where has your avtar gone?

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Oh its back

Whar were you playing at brett? 🙃

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Hi again, still cant find HER. How on earth do fid a poster?

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Ask a 5 year old for help. Seriously, I have before. They put me to shame with what they know 😂

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If you put your finger on her face and hold it a menu comes up click on open in new tab or words to that effect. You will then get a list of all her posts. Click on the top 1 when that post opens up scroll down a little bit and a work of human art comes up. Beautiful stitching even I would be proud of and an equally stunning scar next to it .... Hope you find it

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Hi laura

I follow BUT i cant find now ANY post of hers to click on. Doh...😪

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Aha laura i got it and wow oh wow. Puts mine to shame 😁

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Put a finger on her face? Shouldn’t I take her out for dinner first? 🤔

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Ha ha ha stop all this thinking latterly Brett or you may be taken literally (joke - i have to say when I’m trying to be funny because a lot (all) of peeps don’t have my SOH - don’t know why haha)

Actually i dont get that one hmm brain fog.....

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Bugger them lol. I mean bugger not bugger.

Bugger! That came out wrong 😂

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Hahaha my post didnt make sense either god my poor brain

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Hi

Go up two responses fromyours, then click on jojos photo and its the top post therein 😀

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That should have said Hi KLN0.......

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See below. I gave directions to twosmiles and he's now found it 😁😁

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Amazing. I'd be proud of that 1 xx

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I always say a big backwards L. My surgeon was awesome, for my second transplant he went in exactly where the original staples were!

It’s a big scar. Remember, they take out all organs except for lungs and heart. Then they lift your rib cage up to your chin, or there about, then they put new liver in, and put others organs back to fit the new liver. My new one is very big, but myspleen is very large also, so it balances out. That’s why many of us have lover back pain, from lifting the rib cage so high.

I met a woman after my first TX, and she had so much back pain, but she also had crones, and the surgery caused seven fractures. Poor thing.

Sorry if that was too graphic, but it always shocks me that people don’t know what the surgery entails.

Kimberly

AKA the American pickle!

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Hey wow, well be amazed - I didn’t know all that. Yoiks, its no wonder I’ve still got quite a bit of pain, but i expected that even not knowing the gory detail you described 😀

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Messed up again! I meant “be shocked” actually you could be both shocked and amazed 😀

AKA The Ex-Bajan pickle!

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Incredible what they can do. Dare I look on you tube? I remember having my 1st caesarian section looking at the ceiling wishing there was a mirror there so I could have a bird's eye view of the op. Am I weird?

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Yes

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Really! Gosh! Body shock or what!!

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