As far as our soft tissue know, surgical trauma to our tissues is no different than any other kind of trauma. Our tissues are wounded and they healing by what is called an inflammatory repsonse. The normal inflammatory response results in soft tissue swelling.
The swelling, depending of the parts of the body treated and the surgery, can last anywhere from a few days to weeks to even months. This is not only normal following surgery, it is to be expected.
Lee Corbett, MD