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Doctor insights on: Uterus Tear During C Section

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I read somewhere that docs remove the whole uterus during c-section? Don't doctors just make an incision & remove baby&placenta?

I read somewhere that docs remove the whole uterus during c-section? Don't doctors just make an incision & remove baby&placenta?

We put it back: Some doc's elevate the uterus out of the abdominal cavity during the c/section (it is still connected) to aid in visualization. The incision in the uterus is closed and the uterus returned home before closing the abdomen. ...Read more

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The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more


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During c section, my uterus tore as dr was getting my son out. Had to get a blood transfusion. I am terrified to repeat c section. Dr said i'd be ok?

During c section, my uterus tore as dr was getting my son out. Had to get a blood transfusion. I am terrified to repeat c section. Dr said i'd be ok?

That can happen: You have to trust your doctor, or see a diff doc for a second opinion as the 2nd doc can read the op note from the csection, your doc can do a repeat csection early anytime after 37 weeks after an amniocentesis has been done to check for fetal lung maturity, so the repeat csection is done before you go into labor, sometimes I do this with my patients for a variety of reasons. ...Read more

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Had a baby by c-section 6.5 months ago, currently 8 weeks pregnant. Am I in danger of my uterus incision tearing as I start to get bigger?

Had a baby by c-section 6.5 months ago, currently 8 weeks pregnant. Am I in danger of my uterus incision tearing as I start to get bigger?

Probably not: Current pregnancies usually do not cause previous c/section scars to rupture. Future labor can. You should discuss the best delivery method for this current pregnancy with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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I'm 39. Severe cramps AFTER period, radiate to L side & low back w/some vag. Pain. Lots of clots during period. S/P c-sections x3 w/tubal 4 yrs ago w/last c-section. TV US w/enlarged uterus - no fibroids (what doc thought it was).?

I'm 39. Severe cramps AFTER period, radiate to L side & low back w/some vag. Pain. Lots of clots during period. S/P c-sections x3 w/tubal 4 yrs ago w/last c-section. TV US w/enlarged uterus - no fibroids (what doc thought it was).?

Likely adenomyosis: Pockets of normal endometrial cells can become embedded in the muscle wall of the uterus causing swelling of uterus, pain and heavier bleeding.

This a variation of endometriosis, formerly called internal endometriosis. ...Read more

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Mirena (levonorgestrel) 4 2 yrs w/sore c-section area during period w/ mild lower back pain. Feels like strained muscle pain. Caused by swelling of cervix/uterus?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) 4 2 yrs w/sore c-section area during period w/ mild lower back pain. Feels like strained muscle pain. Caused by swelling of cervix/uterus?

Get an OBGYN consult: It sounds like you need to visit your OB/GYN right away. You may need to have a cervical exam, pap, r/o uterine process such as fibroids or endometriosis. The Mirena (levonorgestrel) should be working better so best that your OB/GYN rules out contraindications and makes sure your symptoms are better controlled. Low back pain may or may not be unrelated. Talk to your GP doctor about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What risk are there to clean the uterus after c-section?

What risk are there to clean the uterus after c-section?

Incision?: I assume you are referring to cleaning the skin incision after a c-section. The uterus is inside your body and so it cannot be cleaned. You should clean your incision with soap and water. ...Read more

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Had C-section 5 months ago since then it feels like my uterus is ripping when I lift up on anything what could this be?

Had C-section 5 months ago since then it feels like my uterus is ripping when I lift up on anything what could this be?

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. There are so many possibilities it would not be appropriate for us to guess. ...Read more

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Issue after c-section I had a c-section about six weeks ago and I do not think my uterus has completely gone down to it's original size. I'm concerned that this may cause problems since my husband and I would like to start trying again for another baby in

Issue after c-section I had a c-section about six weeks ago and I do not think my uterus has completely gone down to it's original size. I'm concerned that this may cause problems since my husband and I would like to start trying again for another baby in

Usually: Usually it takes 1 to 2 months for your uterus to involute or shrink down to a non pregnant size. However the size will always be larger after a term pregnancy and with a c-section the position of the uterus can change. It is only 6 weeks since your delivery so perhaps this is why but if it does not shrink soon you should go to see your health care provider to make sure there is not a uterine fibroid or other reason. Having a larger uterus because of a pregnancy does not prevent future pregnancies as long as the uterus is still a normal uterus. ...Read more

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What are the chances of rupturing my uterus in a c-section?

What are the chances of rupturing my uterus in a c-section?

1/1500: The chances of uterine rupture after one c-section is about 1/1500. It is rare but potentially deadly to both mother and baby if not acted upon quickly. For this reason anyone attempting to have a vaginal birth after a c-section should do so in a hospital that has an ob/gyn and anesthesiologist immediately available. ...Read more

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Can a retroverted uterus cause a woman to go for a c section? Or can one have a normal delievery with a retroverted uterus?

Can a retroverted uterus cause a woman to go for a c section? Or can one have a normal delievery with a retroverted uterus?

Normal delivery OK: A retroverted uterus is one that's tilted towards your back, rather than your abdomen; it occurs in 20% of women and does not have symptoms, RARELY associated with discomfort. It can't be prevented and there's no need to treat b/c it won't affect your fertility/ability to continue a pregnancy/have a vaginal delivery. It can only be a problem if caused by past surgeries/endometriosis, otherwise OK. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the stitches on the uterus to dissolve after having a c-section and if they are dissolved does that mean my uterus is closed?

How long does it take for the stitches on the uterus to dissolve after having a c-section and if they are dissolved does that mean my uterus is closed?

70 days: I takes around 2 1/2 months for the stitches to dissolve after a cesarean. Assuming the doctor used a vicryl suture, which most doctors use. Yes your uterus is closed :-). ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the uterus rupture if the woman never had a c-section before?

I'm wondering can the uterus rupture if the woman never had a c-section before?

Yes: Uterine rupture can occur from trauma, operative deliveries, in women who have had other previous uterine surgeries, in long labors and in women who have had multiple babies. ...Read more

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My uterus is attached to my C-section incision, can it be fixed, I want another child I don't want to have to have a hysterectomy. Please help?

My uterus is attached to my C-section incision, can it be fixed, I want another child I don't want to have to have a hysterectomy. Please help?

Scar: You can have the area repaired to remove the attachment from the abdominal wall. Your doctor can use measures to reduce the risk of the tissue reforming after the surgery so that the chance of attachment is less. ...Read more

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I have been told my uterus lining is thin after my 2nd c-section. Unfortunately, my 2nd child died and I want to have another child. What do I do?

I have been told my uterus lining is thin after my 2nd c-section. Unfortunately, my 2nd child died and I want to have another child. What do I do?

Discuss with OB: A thin uterus could mean a higher risk of uterine rupture during the late stages of pregnancy or during labor.Please discuss this at length with the ob. If s/he thinks the risk in your case is small, pregnancy would be an easy option. If not, risk of your own life and the baby would be possible. ...Read more

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I have a fibroid that measures 9cm and my uterus measures 12cm should I get it taken out by c-section or should I try the shot that reduces the size?

I have a fibroid that measures 9cm and my uterus measures 12cm should I get it taken out by c-section or should I try the shot that reduces the size?

Gyn consult: The surgery to remove a fibroid is called a myomectomy not a c-section. You'll need to discuss your case with your gynecologist. There is no right answer for everyone and each case will need to be individualized. ...Read more

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How long does it take for my low uterus (they said its still low) after giving birth via c-section to go up again to the right place and not be low?

???: Your uterus is supposed to involute or get smaller with time, it does not go up but shrinks smaller, hopefully u do not ahae any prolapse everything is pretty much normal by 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Cant feel my iud strings, and have cramps in my uterus. Had it put in after my c section 5 months ago.

Cant feel my iud strings, and have cramps in my uterus. Had it put in after my c section 5 months ago.

Ultrasound: Can check location of IUD to be sure, string maybe inside uterus with this type of placement at csection. ...Read more

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Is ir common for toue uterus to still be sore a year after having a c section?

Is ir common for toue uterus to still be sore a year after having a c section?

Not usually: After about 6 weeks the uterus should be back to normal. However, having a cesarean delivery does increase the chances of developing endometriosis which can resul in persistent and sometimes increasing pelvic and uterine pain for months or years after a cesarean delivery. The abdominal wall (incision) may remain tender and have occasional pains for up to 6 months or so after a cesarean delivery. ...Read more

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I have 5 children 3 c-section with very thin uterus had surgical abortion failed, now I'm 16 w what can I do? I'm terrified

I have 5 children 3 c-section with very thin uterus had surgical abortion failed, now I'm 16 w what can I do? I'm terrified

What did your OB say: If you do not want the pregnancy someone can do a second trimester termination, if u keep the pregnancy, an amnio can be done at 37 weeks so u have the c-section before u would go into labor please discuss all options with your OB asap. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 4 weeka ago and I've had sex twice will I be ok or will I run into problems? Also when does your uterus go back to normal?

I had a C-section 4 weeka ago and I've had sex twice will I be ok or will I run into problems? Also when does your uterus go back to normal?

No problems...: Having intercourse 4 weeks after a c/section usually won't cause any problems. Your uterus goes back to normal size by 4-6 weeks. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Nervous about repeat c section. Itll be #4. My last was 3.5 yrs. Dr said my uterus &scar is great & just space em. Husband wants 2 mor. Wat r the risk?

Nervous about repeat c section. Itll be #4. My last was 3.5 yrs. Dr said my uterus &scar is great & just space em. Husband wants 2 mor. Wat r the risk?

If you were my pt: I would tell you this should be your last one, even though it looked good last time you could have scar tissue now, your doc will tell u that, the more u have the more chance that the placenta can stick to the scar and then u need emergency csection- hysterectomy- very dangerous, also the more u have the more chance of uterine atony afterwards and the more chance uterine rupture and chronic pain. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a c section since 8/10/2013 because my baby's head did not induce into the uterus. Don't know if my dr. Were wrong or right for that decision because my baby's head were normal not big to induce and don't know my uterus is small or good fro natu

Hi, I had a c section since 8/10/2013 because my baby's head did not induce into the uterus. Don't know if my dr. Were wrong or right for that decision because my baby's head were normal not big to induce and don't know my uterus is small or good fro natu

DiscussWithYourDoc: That's a very complicated issue. Much too complicated to address here. But first, let's be grateful you have a brand spanking new baby & that you are all right. Decisions on whether or not to do a C-section may have to be made at the last minute if everything isn't going according to plan. If not that, then other factors may compel the doctor to do one, but when there is time, they should discuss with you ...Read more

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Had a c-section on 12/15/2014. It hurts if I poke or touch my stomach were my uterus is. It hurts really bad.

Uterus Pain: Your incisions should be healed by now. One would be concerned about an endometrial infection or even a collection of blood near the incision. Time to see your surgeon to get this evaluated right away. ...Read more

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What type of operation hysterotomy or C-section? My gyn advised to remove uterus what are te after affects?

Hysterectomy: Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus. You will not see your periods anyomore, no effect on sexual life. If your ovaries will be removed that is a diffrent scenario. However you did not mention if that is the case (if your ovarie are going to be removed or not). ...Read more

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Hi I wanted to know if you can get pregrant with a enlarged uterus. In November I was giving a ultrasound and everything was okay. 3 kids c -section?

Hi I wanted to know if you can get pregrant with a enlarged uterus. In November I was giving a ultrasound and everything was okay. 3 kids c -section?

Yes, you can: Since you have clearly demonstrated your fertility, your chances of getting pregnant again are fairly good. However, If you had 3 Cesarean deliveries. It would be wise to schedule a pre-pregnancy consultation with an obstetrical team experienced in caring for women like you. ...Read more

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When I had my last c-section, my doctor said I shouldn't have anymore children. Because my uterus is very weak and that it's barely staying together. How can I change that I would love to have another child?

When I had my last c-section, my doctor said I shouldn't have anymore children. Because my uterus is very weak and that it's barely staying together. How can I change that I would love to have another child?

Surrogacy/adoption.: Sounds like your uterus has been incised in an unusual way that can predispose you to complications in future reproductive attempts. Is surrogacy/adoption an option for you? You may take a life-threatening risk if you ignore your obstetrician's advice! ...Read more

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Numbness inside my vagina after a c-section? Not feeling my uterus contract? Numbness around my anus? Be caused by the c-section cut?

Numbness inside my vagina after a c-section? Not feeling my uterus contract? Numbness around my anus? Be caused by the c-section cut?

Maybe not: Those areas are not necessarily innervated by the surface skin nerves cut during the C/section. Those are deeper nerves that may have been impacted by the pressure of the pregnant uterus. Consult with your OB surgeon to ensure that there were no complications from the surgery involving those deeper nerves. ...Read more

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I have a laparoscopic surgery to have my uterus detached from the fascia from previous c-section. What is the average recovery time on this procedure?

I have a laparoscopic surgery to have my uterus detached from the fascia from previous c-section. What is the average recovery time on this procedure?

Very quickly: If all the physician is doing is taking down scar tissue (which is what it sounds like) then you will have a few small (1cm) incisions which will heal very quickly. I'm guessing you'll be up doing your normal activities of life within a day or so, and you'll be pain free after 2-3 weeks. Every woman is different, but this is a minimally invasive surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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How soon after a C-section is it safe to get pregnant again, if you want another baby? Is the uterus at risk for rupturing if you get pregnant too soon?

How soon after a C-section is it safe to get pregnant again, if you want another baby? Is the uterus at risk for rupturing if you get pregnant too soon?

Many factors: Most studies find risks of rupture more associated with type of uterine incision, numbers of layer closures, uterine defects, and also number of c-sections. Timing has a small role & it's believed risks are slightly higher if pregnant under a year. Ask your OB what your risks are & more importantly what shape your uterus was in at the time of c-section. Prior dehiscence or rupture are higher risks. ...Read more