Thursday, May 22, 2008

Keloids--Back for Surgery

Well, we've been working on some bad news. Miles has developed keloid scars. My understanding of kelods are that they are scar tissue where the cells go crazy and don't stop growing. Unfortunately, Miles has them on both ears: on the front of the "new" ear and on the back of the other ear where the skin graft was taken.

I spoke to Dr. Reinisch last night and he said keloids are pretty rare, only occurring about 1 - 2 % of the time. He said he's seen it only 5-7 times.

His plan is to "excise and radiate," basically a fairly minor surgery, followed by 2-3 bouts of low dose radiation, while the wounds are fresh. I believe the radiation is to prevent the cells from continuing to grow as they have been.

So I have a call in to Dr. R's assistant to schedule our surgery. We just can't believe we have to do this again. We thought it was all behind us.

Here are some pictures of Miles' keloids:

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Dr. R. said he can also do any "clean up" work we want done during the surgery. I'm hoping he can clean up the edges of the tragus, although maybe its not been smooth due to the keloids. And we're hoping he can do a little hair removal too.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, please.

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