Tips for healing surgical scars

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This article is part of the Complete Guide to Wound Care.

Whether it's a rough tumble onto the pavement or a deep cut with a kitchen knife, there's always a chance for scarring when you damage your skin during the healing process.

The same risk of scarring is there when you have surgery (matter how skilled your surgeon is) because your surgeon can't control all of the factors—such as your age, race, genetics, chronic illness, and size/depth of your scar—that will impact your healing. That's why post-surgery scarring and how you heal is typically so different from person to person.

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Why you should quit smoking before having surgery

Quitting smoking before surgery has many benefits

Cigarettes are addictive, and it can be tough to give up smoking.

But if you're a smoker, quitting will improve your life in many ways.

It will especially make a difference if you have an upcoming surgery scheduled because smoking increases your risk of experiencing problems during surgery and while you're recovering.

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What to expect after knee replacement surgery

What to expect after knee replacement surgery

Today, knee replacement is a very common procedure, but deciding to have total joint surgery remains a very personal one.

When you suffer from chronic knee pain, it makes doing even the smallest everyday activities seem unbearable, but you don’t have to live that way.

Patients who opt for for total joint replacement often find relief from surgery after they have exhausted options for treating their knee pain by making lifestyle changes.

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How do you get rid of spider veins?

Don't let spider veins make you feel like you have to hide your legs

Taking care of your spider veins is much more than a cosmetic issue.

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins (the larger—and sometimes bulging—more visible veins). Getting the right treatment for both types of vein disease can be a life-changing decision.

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