How to treat internal scar tissue

Updated February 21, 2017

Scars are biological tissues that form in response to a wound or abrasion. The body repairs and replaces damaged skin cells, resulting in scar tissue. When wounds occur internally, such as after surgery, internal scar tissue will likely form. This scar tissue, also called an adhesion, can cause pain and stiffness following surgery. Fortunately, you can treat internal scar tissue to alleviate some of the painful symptoms.

Take pain medication. While this will not eliminate the underlying cause of your pain, pain medication can mitigate the uncomfortable symptoms of adhesions. Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Exercise regularly. Regular physical activity stimulates blood flow and healthy cell oxygenation, reducing the pain and discomfort of internal scar tissue. Any kind of exercise may diminish your symptoms, but you might like to try jogging or swimming in the mornings.

Ask your doctor about laparoscopic adhesiolysis surgery. In this operation, your surgeon will make a tiny incision near the affected area and insert a tiny laparoscopic camera. Using the camera as a guide, she will cauterise the internal scar tissue. Although this is the most thorough treatment option available, the adhesions may still return.


Every patient is different. Talk to your doctor about the treatment plan that's right for you.

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Ellis Martin recently graduated from Brown University, where he wrote for the Brown Daily Herald. Martin has many articles published on eHow, mostly concerning medical topics. He has been writing these articles since the summer of 2009.