Surgical Recovery Therapy
Heal Faster. Heal Better.
Surgery disrupts the natural flow of our lymphatic system.
Following any kind of trauma (including surgery) the body pools fluid in the injured area to create a natural splint. This causes extreme tenderness in the skin in that area.
Lymphatic Therapies gently move this fluid away from these traumatized tissues, immediately reducing the hyper-sensitivity and pain.
Benefits of Surgical Recovery Therapy
Following any surgical procedure, invasive surgery or minimally invasive surgery, some degree of swelling and bruising are expected. These side effects are painful and disheartening to patients who want to be healed and “good as new” as soon as they arrive home from their procedure.
Some surgeries are so minor that people are up and about their daily lives as if nothing happened within a few days. Other surgeries are more invasive and traumatic to the body. These surgeries can leave significant swelling and bruising that, without treatment, take a long time to go away.
Lymphatic Drainage done ahead of surgery helps to minimize the amount of swelling and bruising that will result. Lymphatic therapy after surgery helps it to go away faster.
After leaving the surgery center you will be recovering from your anesthetic. Your doctor likely will have prescribed some form of pain killer to be taken after that. When those run out, many people will turn to NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Lymphatic Drainage can speed up the recovery time significantly, and it does more than just reduce swelling. It jump-starts the lymphatic system to carry away the wastes of damaged, broken down tissue and facilitate the influx of new nutrient-rich fluid to the surgical site.
Lymphatic drainage also stimulates the immune system which can help prevent wound infection postoperatively and helps avoid complications after surgery. Furthermore patients report reduced postoperative pain after their surgical procedures, reducing requests for opioid analgesics and other strong pain medicines.
Stimulation of lymphatic flow in post-operative swollen areas lessens the risk of fibrosis (hardening of the tissue). Lymphatic drainage also aids in raising the total white cell count, helping to prevent post-operative infection.
In a one-two punch, using Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy together with Lymphatic Drainage works at the cellular level to facilitate the repair of soft tissue (and bone) through improved circulation, tissue oxygenation, and enhanced nutrient uptake, thus speeding the healing process dramatically.
PEMF therapy also has been shown to reduce post-operative pain and improve post-operative outcomes.
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If you have had cosmetic surgery, your surgeon likely suggested that you get a “lymphatic massage” to help with the extensive healing process. Pain & Swelling Solutions specializes in working with cosmetic surgery patients post-op.
Shannon is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist which means that she has advanced training in draining tissue using Electro-Lymphatic Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). She is also a Certified Myofascial Release Therapist with a specialization in scar tissue work. She is also certified to work with breast tissue for women who have had cosmetic breast work, a mastectomy, and/or reconstructive surgery.
Shannon has numerous hours of experience working with clients who have had tummy tucks, Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL), facelifts, mastectomies, breast enhancements and reductions, as well as reconstruction surgeries.
Read about Breast Surgery Recovery Therapy here.
In addition to lymphatic drainage for post-operative clients, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy is available to help greatly speed up the healing process.
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Surgical Recovery Therapy is appropriate following most types of surgeries including:
knee replacement surgery, mastectomy, breast reductions, breast enhancements, wisdom teeth removal, orthopedic surgeries, thyroidectomy, cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), hysterectomy, hernia repair, back surgery, etc.
Moving the lymph away from the incision also helps pull away the broken down tissue and waste from the area and promotes the delivery of fresh nutrients to speed the healing process.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy is another proven therapy that can help to speed the healing of wounds.