Keeping the foot or ankle strong going into the surgery will aid in a faster recovery afterwards, explains Wade Kenney, MD, Greenville Health System. In this video, learn exercises which can help you heal faster.
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- How can I speed up recovery time after foot or ankle surgery?
How can I minimize scarring after surgery for cancer?
Aurora Health Care answeredScar tissue forms following a surgery as your body heals. Scarring closes the incision(s) but may prevent return of movement and function. Massaging and mobilizing the scar will help with regaining skin mobility, decrease muscle tightness, and also decrease sensitivity of the scar and tissue surrounding it. The following should be done daily:
- Apply lotion to the scar. Lotions containing vitamin E and cocoa butter are recommended.
- Using your fingertips, rub the scar with firm, deep pressure as tolerated.
- Use a circular motion across the length of the scar.
- Sideways and up and down motions may also be used.
- Massage the skin around the scar as well.
Is there another treatment for a tumor other than surgery?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answeredTreatments of tumors depend on the benign versus malignant nature of the lesion. Malignant tumors usually require some form of surgical excisional biopsy with pathological diagnosis. Benign tumors may not require any treatment other than close observation. Metastatic tumors may require surgery combined with radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
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