The Importance of Post-Operative Care with Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Elective surgeries, like tummy tucks, facelifts, and breast augmentations, require careful post-operative care for optimal recovery.

At Jeff Rau Physical Therapy, we specialize in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), crucial for managing post-surgical swelling, bruising, and other complications.

This gentle massage technique promotes lymph fluid flow, reducing inflammation and accelerating healing.

MLD aids in preventing complications such as infections and fluid buildup by enhancing lymphatic drainage.

It also supports pain relief and improves circulation, contributing to a smoother and quicker recovery process.

By minimizing swelling and promoting healthy tissue regeneration, MLD is essential for achieving optimal post-surgical outcomes.

Understanding Post-Operative Challenges

While elective surgeries enhance aesthetics and boost self-confidence, they can pose several recovery challenges:

  • Swelling: Lymphatic fluid accumulation can limit mobility and cause discomfort.
  • Bruising: Can be painful and unsightly, often taking weeks to resolve.
  • Scarring: Improper management can lead to extensive scarring.
  • Complications: Risks like infections and blood clots are heightened without proper care.

The Role of Manual Lymphatic Drainage

MLD is a specialized massage technique that stimulates lymphatic fluid flow, reducing swelling. Here’s how MLD benefits post-operative patients:

1. Reduction of Swelling:
MLD promotes lymphatic fluid movement, reducing swelling and speeding up healing by directing fluid away from swollen areas.

2. Minimization of Bruising:
MLD helps disperse accumulated blood, reducing bruising and promoting faster tissue healing.

3. Prevention of Complications:
Regular MLD sessions help prevent complications like infections and hematomas by ensuring proper lymphatic flow.

4. Improved Scar Healing:
MLD minimizes scar tissue formation by reducing inflammation and promoting healthy tissue regeneration.

Why Choose R&R Physical Therapy?

1. Expertise and Certification:
Our team includes LANA-certified therapists, ensuring the highest standard of care. In the DFW Metroplex, we are among the nine LANA-certified therapists.

2. Comprehensive Post-Operative Care:
We offer compassionate care, addressing both physical and emotional recovery aspects.

3. Personalized Treatment Plans:
Our treatment plans are tailored to each client’s specific needs and goals.

4. Convenient and Comfortable Environment:
Our clinic provides a more accessible and relaxed treatment environment than hospital settings.

Additional Benefits of MLD

Pain Management

MLD can help in reducing pain by decreasing the pressure caused by swelling on nerves and tissues.

This can make the recovery process more comfortable and less stressful for the patient.

Boosted Immune System

By promoting lymphatic drainage, MLD helps in the removal of toxins and waste products from the body, which can boost the immune system and improve overall health during the recovery period.

Enhanced Circulation

MLD improves blood flow, which can aid in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the surgical site, facilitating faster and more effective healing.

Stress Reduction

The gentle, rhythmic motions of MLD can induce relaxation and reduce stress levels, which is beneficial for overall recovery.

Lower stress levels can lead to better healing outcomes and a more positive recovery experience.


Choosing the right post-operative care is crucial for optimal outcomes following elective surgery.

At Jeff Rau Physical Therapy, we are committed to providing top-quality Manual Lymphatic Drainage therapy for safe and effective recovery.

Get in Touch

If you or someone you know is preparing for or recovering from elective surgery, contact us to learn more about how Manual Lymphatic Drainage can support your recovery journey.

Call us at 817-918-3667 to schedule your appointment.


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