The Harmful Effects of Scar Tissue

Have you experienced unexplainable symptoms or pain following a surgery? One of the most overlooked reasons may be due to scar tissue that can result internally, even from a seemingly minor laparoscopic procedure.

Scar tissue on the surface is often dismissed as unsightly but harmless, when in reality the scar tissue goes much deeper below the epidermis level of the skin to affect the structures below. New fibrous tissue is formed to repair the damage caused by surgical incisions, creating adhesions on surrounding tissues that may result in functional changes and the pulling, stretching or movement of organs, structures and bones.

Even decades after a surgery, scar tissue may continue to produce unexplainable symptoms. Examples include sharp, stabbing pain, pelvic misalignment resulting in hip, low back, knee and ankle pain, restricted movement, digestive issues, urinary and sexual or gynecological dysfunction.

The Solution:  Western surgical procedures to remove scar tissue are counter-productive as new scar tissue will form following surgery. Non-invasive Eastern medical techniques including the use of acupuncture, herbal liniments and other modalities can help to break up scar tissue, remove adhesions and restore the flow of oxygen and blood to the area.

Length of treatment varies depending on the size and age of the scar, as well as severity of symptoms.


Dr. Erin Lee, DACM, L.Ac. is a doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist. She obtained her Doctoral degree and Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. Previous experience includes working with cancer patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Integrative Oncology Center, acute stroke and long-term rehabilitative care at NYU Lutheran Neurological & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Housing Works (HIV/AIDS), Columbia Health Medical Center and Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. She resides and practices in New York City.