Healing Of Wounds

Healing takes place on 2 phases: Acute healing (6 weeks) and remodelling or secondary phase (more than a year). Healing of any tissue takes place through the inflammatory process and the following signs are evident:

  • Rubor – redness
  • Dulor – pain
  • Calor – increased temperature
  • Tumor – swelling
  • Functio laesa – loss of function

As can be seen from the above, any surgery doesn’t heal immediately and that some patients may experience discomfort for longer – some up to a year. It is necessary to distinguish between normal pain and regional pain syndrome. This is a clinical diagnosis that needs to be made by an experienced clinician.