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Doctor insights on: Healing C Section Incision

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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

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

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An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more


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How will I be able to tell if my c-section incision is healing normally?

How will I be able to tell if my c-section incision is healing normally?

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

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Is it possible for a C-section incision to be healing and be infected at the same time?

Is it possible for a C-section incision to be healing and be infected at the same time?

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

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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?

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?

Your OB Knows: This is a question for the OB that did this surgery. You cannot expect us to give you permission when we did not have access to your health records or know specifically what the OB recommended after your c-section. ...Read more

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Is there anything to help ease the pain for an incision from c-section. Without using strong pain killers. Or treatment for fast healing.?

Is there anything to help ease the pain for an incision from c-section. Without using strong pain killers. Or treatment for fast healing.?

Add Aleve (naproxen): 2 tablets 2 x per day with food if not on anything similar like motrin. It may help you reduce the other meds but you did just have a pretty big surgery, keep it clean but your gonna need pain medication.
Gd luc. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Is it normal for your C-section incision to weep?

Is it normal for your C-section incision to weep?

Initially yes.: After the first 1-2 days it is not normal and merits medical attention. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a C-section incision to bleed?

Is it normal for a C-section incision to bleed?

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

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Is it normal to bleed a little from a C-section incision?

Yes: A small amount of drainage after a cesarean section is normal, however if the drainage looks like pus, has a foul odor, or if the incision is surrounded by a red 'halo', have it looked at asap. The typical drainage is pink and watery. ...Read more

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Is there anything u can do for an itchy C-section incision?

Not much: Healing is an itchy business. Keep the incision clean. Do not risk infection by putting cream or ointment on it. You can use a clean, cool compress if the itching gets out of hand. Hang in there. It will go away. ...Read more

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Is my C-section incision infected if when I wipe it its brown?

See an OB/GYN: If you have any questions about whether or not your incision may be infected would strongly recommend that you have it seen by the surgeon who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an infected incision from a c section?

By looking: You will need to look at your incision. Pus draining out is an obvious sign. If it is red, swollen, and tender this is another sign. If you have fever then that's more evidence. If you aren't sure you should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a C-section incision to have any kind of smell to it at all?

Is it normal for a C-section incision to have any kind of smell to it at all?

No: It should not smell, please call your OB who did the c-section and discuss with him, it could be? Infected or if there is extra adipose tissue that is rolling over on it, a gauze or something needs to be used want to keep that incision dry please call your OB now. ...Read more

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Hiw soon can we use heat compress on the incision site post c section. Is it helpful?

Hiw soon can we use heat compress on the incision site post c section. Is it helpful?

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

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What needs to happen is a C-section incision leaks but isn't open from what we can tell?

Leaking incision: Incisions can leak if there is an infection or collection of fluid called a seroma. It's more important that the next layer down remains closed. This is called the facial layer. I suggest you follow up with your surgeon so that they may check your incision. ...Read more

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Why do I still feel a sharp pain over the inner and upper area of the incision wound 21 days after a c-section?

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

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Just had a C-section 4wks ago. Is it possible for oneside of the incision to be infected and the other side not?

Just had a C-section 4wks ago. Is it possible for oneside of the incision to be infected and the other side not?

Definitely: It's actually more likely that only part of the incision would be infected than the entire incision. It's important to get treated early on a postop infection. See your doctor as soon as possible. Infections can get worse quick. ...Read more

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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.

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.

It's healed: 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

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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

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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?

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?

NO: This incision should not open up.
But it would be best to check with the OB, they may be able to just remove the object (staple not white)

This is prob a suture, and can be removed in the office. ...Read more

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My C-section incision has the tendency to open and is still sensitive. Its been more than a year since any surgerys is there anything I can do?

Not normal: Your c-section scar should not be opening after a year.

See your surgeon and ask questions. It sounds like you need a new plan.

You might seek a second opinion. You may have incomplete healing deeper in the incision which could require excision and re closure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had c section on 29/06/2017, 10days ago! I don't have any pain now. The incision site feels little hard to touch. Is this normal? Hw long it takes hea

Normal: Congratulations. It takes 6 weeks to heal from a csection and during that time your incision may feel a little hard because there is inflammation there to assist with healing. If you have severe pain, get a fever, have drainage from your wound you should see your ob right away ...Read more

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How can I care for my c-section incision?

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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Does temperature affects c-section incision?

Yes it can: You need to talk with doctor who did the
c-section. There are many things that may
bother the incision, some are normal reaction
the doctor can usually tell you if it is a concern. ...Read more