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Dr. Ben Connolly

Surgical incision wounds, and how to heal them

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A surgical incision, when executed by an expert surgeon, is a precise and calculated maneuver designed to empower those involved in a procedure with access to critical components of the body. Nevertheless, as far as your body’s concerned a surgical incision is still a wound, and will require proper maintenance to heal properly. Your primary goal is to ensure that your healing incision is free from any and all infection, but steps can also be taken to ensure the wound heals and scars well.

As is outlined on our Specialized Wound Healing page, a critical component in the healing of a surgical incision (and many wound types) is oxygenation of the area.

 

Oxygenation

Similar to how we treat diabetic ulcers, bagging the area and infusing it with ozone ensures proper oxygenation, which has multiple benefits. These benefits include the wound’s protection from external environment implications, cell metabolism, collagen creation, and antibacterial measures.

For example, cell re-epithelialization (or the closure of a wound and the creation of a protective layer between the wound and external sources) is a result of proper oxygenation. This process is ultimately the cost of entry when the topic is creating new skin cells for your body, and is incredibly important as a result.

Collagen creation also hinges on oxygenation, which is to say the generation of the primary element your skin is composed of; think of it as the growth and intertwining of new skin fibres. Once the scar has formed, treatment can shift into prolotherapy.

 

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy can be described as the strategic creation of scar tissue in ways that mimic your body’s proper physiological blueprint, effectively returning the state of the area to a pre-wound state. Better still, prolotherapy reduces the risk of chronic pain in the wound area and ensures a full scope of motion by nurturing the growth of tissue in line with body’s musculoskeletal system.

All of this is achieved by injecting solutions into the scar. These injections stimulate growth in the area by irritating tissue, which causes blood cells and nutrients to be transported to the scar location in response.

 

Longevity

Oxygenation and prolotherapy work in concert to help control the healthy healing of a surgical incision and the correct creation of scar tissue, which tends to grow in erratic ways absent specific treatment. The goal should always be to ensure not only the expeditious closure and protection of a wound, but also the proper longevity of function in the area as well. Reduced risk of chronic pain and a full range of motion in the effected area are benefits that modern advances in prolotherapy gave afforded patients.

For more information on how we treat multiple wound types at Cornerstone, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or via our website. Of course, you can also visit our Specialized Wound Healing page for a detailed look, or any of our past publications on the subject.

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