Why Do Heart Bypass Injuries Hurt And Swollen Feet?
Hello, my father underwent heart bypass surgery in February 2019, my father’s age was 67 years old, the operation went smoothly, and every month the control to the heart doctor, for his heart there was no problem. The scars from his surgery (chest and right leg) for the outside is sealed, there is no infection. But my father felt pain in the wound, sometimes the wound on the right leg was swollen. From the heart doctor, he was referred to physiotherapy and surgeon, he said there was no problem, until now he was still experiencing extreme pain. Which doctor and which medication should be taken? the answer Thank you
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Pain in surgical scars can be caused by several possibilities. At the beginning of the operation when the wound does not appear to heal, it will be very normal if the wound still feels painful. If the wound does not appear to heal (still looks wet, not yet dry, the wound looks festering or secretes smelling, the skin around the wound looks red, swollen, and feels hot), then maybe the cause of the pain is infection of the wound. If the scars appear calm (there is no sign of inflammation, the wound looks dry and heals well), then the possible cause of the pain is the healing of nerve tissue under the skin.
When the skin is cut during surgery, nerve tissue under the skin can also be cut. This nerve tissue will heal slowly and when healing is happening, pain in the scar tissue can occur. The pain due to healing of nerve tissue usually occurs several weeks to several months after surgery, after the wound looks healed. As mentioned earlier, this nerve tissue heals slowly, so that pain can be felt for months to years after surgery.
If this pain is very disturbing, you can take your father to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists can provide certain therapies (both topical medications, intralesional injections, or other measures) that can help relieve pain in scars. The doctor can also refer your father to do physiotherapy. Meanwhile, some things that can be done alone to help relieve pain in scars include:
gently massage the scars
compress the scars with cold or warm compresses
applying a moisturizer and stretching the skin
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