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Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Yes: Adhesions can develop after a knee surgery which limit motion and can be removed (typically arthroscopically), however the reason for stiffness should be fully evaluated before considering this. Most common causes are malpositioned acl graft or inappropriate size or position of total knee components. If this is the case revision of the primary procedure is required. ...Read more

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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more

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How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

A long time: Some people lay down more scar tissue than others. This can lead to stiffness and slower recovery. "breaking up" scar tissue is trying to stretch it out so it doesn't impede progress. This can take months and may not be complete. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

If you smoke, stop. Smoking prevents healthy skin healing.
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See a dermatologist to see what options are available
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Find out if you're a candidate for cosmetic scar treatments
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I had knee surgery a month ago to reconstruct my acl. Was wondering if there is anything i can apply to lighten the scar mark.

I had knee surgery a month ago to reconstruct my acl. Was wondering if there is anything i can apply to lighten the scar mark.

Scar reducing gel: Tthere are several scar reducing gels are available over-the-counter one of them called mederma. If these gels don't help then consult a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure to scar
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Apply silicone gel sheeting at bedtime
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Apply silicone gel ointment in the morning
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How to break up scar tissue in the knee? Is surgery the only option?

How to break up scar tissue in the knee? Is surgery the only option?

No: Surgery may be required but some times the scar tissue can be loosened with physical therapy and exercise. I would recommend you start with evaluation with a orthopedic doctor and instruction on proper exercises. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

Perform scar massage techniques
10 min, 2x day for 4 weeks
Use silicone scar sheets
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Use scar creams with scar massage techniques
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See your surgeon if possible scar revision is needed
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How do you break up scar tissue in your knee? I never had surgery just a minor tear in patella.

Vitamin E Oil: Scar massage with vitamin e oil or cream can help to reduce scars on the skin. Scarring within the knee itself will respond to range of motion exercises and stretching. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more

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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more

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