What helps peeling skin around incision?

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Hi everyone,

I am 3wks & 3days po for PKR. Staples removed a week ago, wound in completely closed, but skin is peeling badly. Pain OK, mostly at night, and taking meds only in the PM now. PT is doing well, finally up to 105 bend. My question is what will help my peeling slin and when will I be able to rest pain free at night? Any suggestions...

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    If your incision is really healed you can use Bio oil, or some other cream. 
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    Hi Sassy, if you wound is completely closed over you could rub/ massage bio oil into knee. Massaging it 3-4times a day will not only help the skin but break up the scar tissue too. I also find massaging it helps with niggly pain too. As for sleeping that is a big issue for everyone which no one tells us before the op. I am 9 weeks now and if i turn or move it is uncomfortable and wakes

    me. I was told 12 weeks is a turning point sleep wise. I still use ice and especially at night as it helps soothe my knee. Best wishes for continuing good recovery

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    Morning Sassy - I have peeling skin too, my scar is sensitive and the peeling skin is almost painful particularly at night.   I find that massaging twice a day not only helps my muscles but the skin coming away.   I use any good body moisturiser so am using up all the ends of bottles I seem to have collected!   On the actual scar I am using Bio Oil but couldnt tell you that it makes a difference as yet.

    I get almost 9 hours solid at night by taking 1 x Hydracodeine which were prescribed to me by the dr.  I waa supposed to take them during the day but they knocked me out cold.   So I take 1 x at night.  For me this deals with the pain and discomfort.   I still have to take time to find the right position to sleep in and sometimes if I have overdone it this can take a while.

    Loads of good people and good advice on this site.

    Good luck in your healing

    Lynn

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    Hi, I'm 6 weeks tomorrow! I had a large blister also to contend with. So when that burst I had lots of flaking skin. On the actual scar I rub Vaseline twice a day, this softens the skin, and maybe I shouldn't but I admit to "easing " the loose skin off!! Also rub quite briskly with roughish towel after shower. I'm now completely smooth and the scar is not too bad at all. Hope this helps. Sleeping is a different story, can just about manage to sleep on the operated side, but can't go on the other side. So I usually sleep on my back which gives me backache!! I am already on sleeping tablets, so the usual dose of those plus the extra painkiller I was prescribed after my op. (Sevredol) is what I take at night. Some nights are good, some bad.

    I've come to realise this is a long process, so I'm a little more chilled about stuff.

    Three weeks ago I was beside myself with pain, despondency, depression, not seeing me ever recover, but thank goodness I'm not in that position any more.

    I have had so much help and support from this group, thank you all x

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    I've always used a good Vit E. Oil. Massage it in good and it heals to The bone. You were probably sensitive to the stuff the painted on your leg just before surgery or several other things could be involved. Like every part of this surgery, it will just take time to heal. If the wound isnt leaking you are in good shape
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    Massage some Bio oil or vitamin E oil gently into the scar and around your knee that should help with the peeling and break up some of the internal scar tissue hope this helps
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