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.