Solutions for irritated, ugly port-a-cath scar?

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Question from Cyndal: The port-a-cath removal has left an ugly scar that is continually irritated, especially by car seat belts. Any solutions?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Some women develop heaped-up scar tissue (keloids) in areas that have been traumatized by any kind of surgical procedure. Dermatologists may be able to lessen this reaction using a laser. You might also want to try wrapping foam or bubble wrap around the safety belt and then covering it with fabric.
Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. You can also purchase ready-made covers for safety belts made out of lambskin material.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Taking Care of Yourself featured Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about exercise and nutrition, and other things you can do to nurture your body, along with strategies for finding emotional support, boosting your mood, and feeling good again.

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