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Scar tissue minimisation
Even the smallest wound leaves a scar. It is essential that this scar does not become tight, thereby restricting range of movements and normal muscle function. 
You can reduce the internal scarring by stretching at an early stage after surgery.  
This should not be into pain - pulling and tightness is fine but not actual sharp pain.
Normal movements help to prevent the scar from becoming too tight and restrictive.  Massage directly to the layers of tissue at the site of surgery stops the scar from sticking together. 
Your physiotherapist will help with this process in the early stages.  
It is particularly important for sportsmen to maintain the function of the lower core muscles.  Ordinarily the individual core muscle layers slide across each other during normal movement and it is important to preserve this after surgery.  

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