5 Apr 2022 | 7 min Read
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As a mum, your priority is to ensure that your little one arrives safely and healthily into the world. And if that means delivering via c-section, you probably wouldn’t hesitate even once. While c-sections are generally safe, they involve a surgical process, where your abdomen and uterus are incised to deliver your baby. It may take a while for your incision to heal, and it’s natural for you to do everything to ensure the wound heals well and the scar tissue is minimised.
Most c-section scars heal nicely and leave only a faint line above your pubic hairline, easily covered by clothing, underwear, and bathing suits. Nevertheless, knowing all about c-section scars, their different types, and treatment methods can help you ensure better care and prevent the risk of infections and skin irritation. We have compiled all the details, including how long the scars take to heal, and possible treatment methods.
It’s crucial for you to know that a c-section surgery doesn’t involve a single cut or incision, but rather two. Your surgeon will make an abdominal incision first, then a uterine incision to remove your baby. Both the incisions will be about 4-6 inches, just big enough for your baby’s head and body to fit through.
The type of cut, however, may not be the same. Meaning, you may have a different incision in your abdomen and uterus. The incision in your abdomen will be either:
The incision on your uterus will be either low-transverse, low vertical/classic, depending on your abdominal incision. If you have a bikini cut, then your uterine incision will be low-traverse, and if your baby is in an awkward position, you will have either a classic or low-vertical incision.
The incision in your uterus is closed with dissolvable stitches, but the one on your abdomen may be closed in one of the three ways.
The method of closing the incision is only decided once your surgery is done, and your doctor will take into account several factors before making their choice.
While a c-section is a safe procedure, it’s still major surgery and needs to be cared for and treated properly to prevent infection or injury.
While taking care of your incision, you must watch out for signs of infections and other complications. An infection can occur if germs spread to your surgical site and require immediate medical attention. In case of an infection, you may have the following symptoms.
Treatment of the infection will require oral or intravenous antibiotics, depending on your condition. Also, keep in mind that it’s normal to feel numbness around your incision site, but it typically improves within a week or two. However, if the numbness persists for more than 3-4 weeks, then you should consult your doctor immediately, as it could be an indication of nerve damage.
It may take some time for your scar to heal, and unfortunately, most scars don’t always fade away completely. If you are left with a scar line, then you can use the following tips to reduce its appearance.
A c-section surgery is necessary when you are unable to deliver vaginally. While it’s a safe process to deliver your baby, it involves a surgical incision, which leaves a scar on your abdomen. With time, c-section scars heal and are barely noticeable as they fade into a thin line. However, if your scarring persists, and if you wish to minimise its appearance, you can consult your doctor for guidance and treatment options.
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