Undergoing orthopedic surgery can be concerning. Whether you are an athlete concerned about recovery time or the recipient of a new artificial joint, orthopedic surgery can be a delicate topic. Of course, one concern for many surgical patients is whether or not they will have a lasting scar–and if so, how big will it be? Will it fade over time, or will it remain noticeable?
Scars form as the body heals from an injury. They can be itchy, sore, red or swollen. Depending on your procedure, you may have a lot of swelling, which can make it difficult to get around at first. It’s important to let your body heal as it recovers from your orthopedic procedure.
While it may not be possible to completely prevent scarring, there are some steps you can take to reduce the size and visibility of scars. The first step is to understand the nature of scars. Many believe that once a scar f formed, the wound is healed. This isn’t always true. While the wound might be closed, the process of scarring can continue for several years afterward.
Follow these tips for faster healing, limited irritation, and limited scarring:
After your injury has healed, continue to moisturize. You might also try a technique called scar massage–depending on the location of your scar. This technique can help reduce the amount of scar tissue and soften the scar.
The dedicated and experienced team at Mid-Maryland Musculoskeletal have decades of experience with orthopedic surgery and aftercare. If you have any questions regarding your orthopedic surgery or recovery, contact our experts to learn more.