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RPLND scar - should I receive laser treatment to reduce scarring?

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  • RPLND scar - should I receive laser treatment to reduce scarring?

    Hey everyone,

    This is my second big question with respect to the post-RPLND life! I have a good friend who is a renowned dermatologist (she is actually Mariah Carey's personal dermatologist here in NY). She has offered to treat my RPLND scar with a laser to reduce it as much as possible. I did have stitches instead of staples to minimize scarring. This is normally a $10,000 procedure, not covered by insurance, since it is cosmetic. She has offered to perform it for free - otherwise I wouldn't even consider it. I want to know if anyone else has had their incision laser-treated, if it makes a difference at all or if it could be potentially damaging. Let me know what you think!

    *Diagnosed 2/26/2007 - left testicle - 2.5 cm mass
    *Radical Orchiectomy 2/29/2007 - embryonic germ cell tumor
    *Initial CT scan revealed one enlarged lymph node at 1.5cmx1.5cm
    *Subsequent CT scan 2 weeks later revealed lymph node had doubled to 2.7cmx2.7cm.
    *Underwent 4 rounds of Chemotherapy (Cisplatin/Etopiside) from March-June 2007
    *CT scan revealed node had shrunk to 0.7cmx0.7cm
    *RPLND surgery performed by Dr. Sheinfeld at MSKCC June 27, 2007

  • #2

    I don't know. You could try with this fancy therapy of course.
    And don't forget to show us "before" and "after" pictures

    For myself I think to try some simple cream like CONTRACTUBEX or POLYSPORIN. That's all.


    • #3
      I think you would be the first to have this done. Do you have any idea how it would be done? If it were me I think I would give it a shot. If it works maybe she could give reduced group rates.
      Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

      Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.