Post-surgical edema is a common condition that occurs after surgery, characterized by swelling and fluid accumulation in the affected area. It is caused by a combination of factors, including the physical trauma of surgery, decreased mobility, and an impaired lymphatic system.
Research on post-surgical edema has found that early and consistent rehabilitation, such as physical therapy and movement exercises, can help reduce swelling and improve circulation. In addition, the use of compression devices, such as compression stockings or bandages, can also be effective in reducing swelling and improving circulation.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is another treatment option for post-surgical edema, and it involves the gentle massage of the affected area to help move fluid and reduce swelling. MLD should only be performed by a trained therapist and can be an effective supplement to other treatments.
The use of ice or cold therapy is also a common treatment for post-surgical edema, as it can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, can also be helpful in managing pain and reducing swelling.
Early and consistent rehabilitation, the use of compression garments, manual lymphatic drainage, ice or cold therapy, can all be effective in reducing swelling and improving circulation