- 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.
Paul E. Morrissey, MD
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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:
What is the future of percutaneous ablation?
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
"I think the next generation of doctors will be doing more ablative technologies," said Dr. Del Pizzo. "We're seeing more and more patients whose renal tumors are being detected early when they are having computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans for something else. Many of these patients are elderly and they may be candidates for these less invasive procedures."
"Percutaneous cryoablation is made possible by the marriage of two different technologies, imaging and cryoablation – neither of which is brand new," concluded Dr. Jaime Landman. "But by combining them, we can do a minimally invasive procedure in a way we've never done before."
How should I choose a surgeon for a heart procedure?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWhen choosing a surgeon to perform your bypass surgery or angioplasty, you probably want to know which surgeon has the lowest mortality rates. Some states post report cards online that rate cardiac surgeons based on the outcomes of their patients.
While the report cards certainly merit a look, it's important to keep a few precautions in mind. For one thing, the ratings are based on very small numbers. A busy cardiac surgeon may perform 200 bypass operations a year. The average death rate for bypass surgery is 2%. That means that a difference of one or two deaths in a year can make a surgeon look very bad or very good. Mortality rates can also be skewed by how sick a patient was before the surgery. Surgeons who operate on sicker patients may end up looking bad, even if their surgical skills are excellent.
An important factor to consider when evaluating a surgeon is how many procedures of a certain type the doctor performs every year. Choose a physician with relatively more experience, especially if you have health issues that could cause problems during the surgery or recovery.
Finally, the quality of the hospital where you have your surgery is just as important as the quality of the surgeon. The best hospitals have key diagnostic tools, clear-cut safety systems to minimize medication mistakes and surgical errors, and a favorable nurse-to-patient ratio.
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