Preop And Postop Swelling, Scars
Swelling is common in orthopedic patients. Swelling can occur before surgery caused by trauma or after surgery caused by the operation. Compression pain after an injury or operation can be relieved by reducing swelling by improving lymphatic circulation.
All invasive operations produce scar tissue. Reparation and regeneration of scar tissue is dependent on tissue metabolism, oxidation and functionality. Older scars might build up adhesions to other tissue layers and these can partially inflict pain, swelling and reduced functionality of the joint. Scar tissue build up can lower muscle performance, it stresses tendons and can entrap nerves. When tearing a muscle, ligament or tendon the body creates scar tissue to repair and “glue“ the torn parts together. Oxygen deprivation can also cause scarring in soft tissue.