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Why does my csection scar still hurt?

Why does my csection scar still hurt?

Painful scars: If your scar is recent, it may take sometime to stop hurting because the healing process takes awhile. While the scar may seem solid, collagen remodelling occurs as well as nerves growing back in and this can make a scar sensitive. It could hurt if there is a hernia or infection so if the scar seems to be hurting more each day or there is swelling, pain or fever, see your doctor! ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

It is normal for a c-section scar to still hurt, red, and itch after 2 yrs?

Not usually: Scar deactivation with or without electrical stimulation can be performed by an acupuncturist ; is remarkably helpful for symptomatic post-surgical scars. Take care. ...Read more

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Its been 11 wks since csection and bowels still hurt. BMs are normal, not painful, but a lot of discomfort in area between belly button and scar.?

Its been 11 wks since csection and bowels still hurt. BMs are normal, not painful, but a lot of discomfort in area between belly button and scar.?

Follow up visit: It is not clear what is meant by your bowels hurting. At 11 weeks postop typically the surgical recovery is complete. See your obgyn for a detailed history and physical exam to help narrow down the possible causes and find a solution ...Read more

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I had a C-section 3 weeks ago can I wear panties on my scar now or should I still wait?

I had a C-section 3 weeks ago can I wear panties on my scar now or should I still wait?

Should be OK: Usually the skin incision is well healed by 3 weeks. Also usually the skin closure is by a subcuticular stich that is self absorbing so wearing panties should be no problem whatsoever. ...Read more

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I had an oophorectomy about 8 months ago why do I still have an ugly reddish, c-section-like scar from it?

Hypertrophic scar: It healed with a hypertrophic scar or keloid. Over the counter scar creams can help such as bio oil or mederma. If these are not useful see a dermatologist for cortisone shots to shrink the scar. Laser can also shrink elevated scar tissue. ...Read more

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I had an oophorectomy about 7 months ago and still have an ugly reddish, c-section-like scar. What do I do?

Wait: The scar gets thicker and redder for 3-6 months, then it will shrink and fade. You can apply topical silicone, which may help. Scar guard is sold in most drug stores, and you paint it on like fingernail polish twice/day. ...Read more

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2 years since c-section. Still pinch, stabbing feelings also feels like my scar is gonna rip open. Is this normal?

Adhesions: You may have adhesions under the old surface scar, in which intra-abdominal structure "stick & pull" under the scar. Ask your MD to evaluate your abdomen by examination to possibly confirm or not. Sometimes, adhesions can only be seen by further surgery such as Laparoscopy but can also be reduced by the same. ...Read more

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I Had a csection a year ago. Is it normal to still feel a tight pinch around the scar? To feel pain?

I Had a csection a year ago. Is it normal to still feel a tight pinch around the scar? To feel pain?

Scar tissue: The pain that you may be experiencing may be due to scar tissue formation - adhesions. Hopeful with time, the pain will decrease. ...Read more

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I had a csection 2 weeks ago, and they glued me. Should my scar still be bleeding? And there's a piece of skin hanging outside. Is that normal?

Not normal: Go back to OB and have them examine the wound in person to check wound integrity. Hopefully it is superficial bleeding. Not sure about the skin piece.
Have them remove extra pieces so that the scars heals nicely. Good luck ...Read more

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I had a C-section 5/21. I still have numbness and feels like built up tissue at scar. Is this normal? Could this be too much scar tissue or sign that organs adhered to scar?

I had a C-section 5/21. I still have numbness and feels like built up tissue at scar. Is this normal? Could this be too much scar tissue or sign that organs adhered to scar?

Bikini cut?: A bikini cut would explain the numbness. The nerve pathways on chest and belly run mostly up and down and there is no way to avoid them when doing a "low transverse" skin incision. Nerve tissue takes the longest among all tissues to recover - months and years - and some numbness may remain. Discuss with your ob/gyn, when you go for your next pap smear. ...Read more

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My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

My c section scar is driving me crazy it itches but when I scratch it, it hurts. I had my second and last c section 21 years ago.

ITCHING: Unfortunately, itchy postoperative wounds are common. There is much debate about the underlying cause. My advice, since it appears that over-the-counter remedies are not working and it continues to be bothersome for you, is that you follow up with a dermatologist. I will search our HealthTap database for a potential referral provider. ...Read more

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8wks pp from a c-section & noticed bellow my bellybutton above scar it's still tender when I touch & also have lil stinging and pulling sensation?

Normal: You are still healing on the inside. If there is no bulge and no pain except when you press on the area this is probably normal and should continue to get better. If it doesn't keep getting better or if it worsens, see your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have 2 inch lump above 4 month old csection incident (scar), hurt when touch, not pain. Is it normal? I also on HCG diet, not affect it with lump?

Healing: It is not unusual to have tenderness or other variable sensations about a c-section scar in the first 6 months. It is not unusual to have lumps immediately around the scar. Varies with technique of closure. However, you could have a hernia. Since it does not hurt unless touched, I recommend using compression underwear like spanks and avoid too much manipulation. If worried or it worsens, see MD. ...Read more

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I'm having stretch marks near my c section scar and above my tummy which is still loose and its about 6 weeks now having my c section, what should I do?

I'm having stretch marks near my c section scar and above my tummy which is still loose and its about 6 weeks now having my c section, what should I do?

See MD for checkup: You need to return to your OB MD for a 6 week exam to clear you to begin an exercise program that will begin to provide muscle tone to your abdomen and "tighten" loose skin. Unfortunately, the stretch marks may fade a bit with some of the topical over the counter emollients for that purpose, but will still be your future " badge of motherhood." ...Read more

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Pelvic pain where my c section scar is located. No period still two weeks late?

Pelvic pain where my c section scar is located. No period still two weeks late?

See your doc: If you have missed your period and have pelvic pain, you need to see your doc. You may need a blood pregnancy test and an exam. There are some serious causes of these symptoms such as an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage or an infection. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation where my C-section scar is and it hurts when I start my period?

I have a burning sensation where my C-section scar is and it hurts when I start my period?

Scar burning: It is normal to experience a burning sensation in a scar for a number of months after surgery. Discomfort during your period is likely due to general swelling. ...Read more

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I had a C-section a month ago. Skin is very sensitive bellow belly button above scar. Even clothes rubbing on my skin hurt. Is this normal?

I had a C-section a month ago. Skin is very sensitive bellow belly button above scar. Even clothes rubbing on my skin hurt. Is this normal?

Maybe: Presuming you had a "bikini" incision (near the pubic hair line), it is a bit unusual for skin to be sensitive below the belly button. It is very typical for the area to be very numb. Some patients may interpret the feeling to be one of sensityivity. If there is pain and/or redness though, please see your doctor. Remember, avoid exposure to extreme heat near the incision as a skin burn is possible. ...Read more

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Daughter elbowed my lower abdomen above csection scar. Immediate urge to urinate and still having pain and cramping days later. Do I see my OB or PCP?

Daughter elbowed my lower abdomen above csection scar. Immediate urge to urinate and still having pain and cramping days later. Do I see my OB or PCP?

OB MD first: See your OB MD first to determine fi there is a problem with the scar. If not, he/she can also examine your urine and bladder to be sure that there is or is not an infection or problem. ...Read more

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At csection do they excise old scar?

Yes: Although a new incision could be made, in most cases the old scar is excised. ...Read more

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What can reduce the scar from a c section?

What can reduce the scar from a c section?

Scar reduction: Use vitamin E oil and massage the incision. You can also use a laser to decrease the intensity of the scar. Pdl laser is great for improvement but will take several treatment. ...Read more

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When can I take off my dressing for my csection scar?

When told to… :): Sorry to be a smart-*ss but the answer varies by exactly how the incision was closed. Best thing to do: call your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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