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Healing C Section Incision
I am 5 weeks post c section. Healing was good, incision fine. Now I suddenly have pain internally above and below scar. What could this be? No fever
Incision pain: When you cut the skin in the transverse incision (AKA bikini cut), you cut the nerves that supply that area of skin. When the nerves hit the new scar tissue you will get sharp to almost shock like pains on either side of the scar. Less likely would be an incisional hernia. ...Read more
How it looks: Usually a surgical site will have slowly decreasing pain, no excess swelling, and no excess redness or drainage. There will normally be mild swelling and possibly slight bruising that will be temporary. Increasing redness and increasing pain may not be a good sign. ...Read more
Surely: There are multiple layers in an incision. Most infections are superficial. The muscle and peritoneal layers are healing, even when there's a superficial infection in skin and/or subcutaneous fat. Now, wounds that have had an infection do have a higher hernia rate. If you have a documented wound infection, i'd suggest you postpone heavy activity for at least 6 weeks. Good luck. ...Read more
I had my son via C-section last november. I had a horizontal incision no problems healing would I be okay if I found out I was pregnant?
Is there anything to help ease the pain for an incision from c-section. Without using strong pain killers. Or treatment for fast healing.?
I had a C-section on 11/16. My incision seems to be healing properly, but I'm still spotting. Should I be worried? I'm breastfeeding if that matters.
Probably fine: As long as it's just spotting and there is no foul odor to the discharge and no pain or fever, it's still in the normal range. Breastfeeding causes contractions of the uterus which may squeeze out some additional blood from time to time. If you haven't already had your 6 week check-up have it soon to discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes/no: Its normal to have a small amount of bleeding in the first 24 hours. After this, the skin seals over and there shouldn't be any bleeding. If you have a bloody discharge from the incision, you need to see your surgeon to make sure there is no infection or seroma present. Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes: That is quite common as skin goes through its healing process. ...Read more
Ice then heat: I recommend to my surgical patients intermittent ice to surgical wounds for the first 3 days. After that, switching to heat pads/compresses is appropriate. Make sure your heating pad has a cutoff switch to avoid burns. Very old ones don't do this, and you may injure yourself. Recheck your post op instructions - it's probably mentioned there. Good luck. ...Read more
Why do I still feel a sharp pain over the inner and upper area of the incision wound 21 days after a c-section?
Scar pain: Nerves are cut during any operation, and the pain is commonly felt at the scar site. The act of simply rubbing/massaging in a vitamin e or antibiotic cream can slowly help the pain get better and eventually resolve. It is important to keep follow-up appts with your gyn surgeon to make sure they have continuity of care and follow your recovery period/status. Good luck and congratulations. ...Read more
Just had a C-section 4wks ago. Is it possible for oneside of the incision to be infected and the other side not?
I had a C-section on the 16th the dr put butterfly stitches on my incision. When can I take them off? Its been 9 days.
Butterfly stitches: As a rule wait till they come off on their own which should be any day ...Read more
What am I going to do with my incision after 1 month? Do I still have to put gauze after cleaning it? I had a c-section 1 month ago.
After one month, your c-section scar should have completely healed. If that's the case you don't need any gauze. Applying cacao butter to the wound 4 times daily will make the scar thinner and softer.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more
How long does it take for a c-section incision to completely closed and once it's completely closed can it still get infected or re-open?
Varies: It takes about a month to get half the strength back in the skin at the site of the cesarean incision. It takes about 6 months to get full strength. The skin incision begins to grow together and heal in just a few hours but during the first two weeks it would be relatively easy to disrupt the incision. Once closed and healed for about a week the risk of infection is very very low. ...Read more
Will my c section incision open up now 4 weeks pp due to a tiny white dissolvable staple poking through on the right side from a tiny hole?
I am sheduled for a C-section on mon. Due to the baby getting too big and he's in a transverse position what kind of incision am I likly to have?
Discuss with OB MD: There will be two incisions, one in your abdomen and one in the uterus. Talk to your OB md. ...Read more
I had a c section 4 weeks ago and noticed a tiny white dissolvable staple Coming out on the incision on my right side. Will this heal up and dissolve?
Staple: It will dissolve overtimeGet a more detailed answer ›
8 months since I had bby by C-section lately I have some pain in the incision site is this normal? Will pain come and go? What can help with the pain?
Call you doctor: In the early days or weeks you can breastfeed and get cramping but by 5 months these subside. You need to have an evaluation to figure out why you are still cramping. ...Read more
Keep it dry: You shouldn't have to do much. One of the best things to do to help a cesarean scar heal well is to keep the area dry. That doesn't mean you can't shower, but pat the area dry with a towel. And if you have a belly that hangs over the scar, consider blowing a hair dryer on cool against your skin to keep the skin from getting too moist. ...Read more
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