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Hello, Surgical wounds, whether healed or not, would not interfere with the embalming process. This can perhaps be more easily appreciated if you can understand that once the heart has stopped and tissue perfusion has ceased, all body tissues would undergo necrosis, or cell death, regardless of whether it has previously been incised. The process of embalming is primarily to delay decomposition and to allow adequate time between death and burial to observe social customs such as visitations and funeral services, and to try prevent the spread of infection (if there is any). The embalming fluid will penetrate body tissues and partially "fix" the cells; this occurs at a cellular levels and is unaffected by tissues organisation. I hope this helps:-) Joshua Chai Student Doctor School of Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge, UK
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