Caesarean section or LSCS can be defined as a specialized surgical procedure where surgical incision is made via the abdominal wall of the mother (laparatomy) and then the uterus (hysterectomy) to take the fetus from the womb into the outside world.
In 1881, German gynaecologist Ferdinand Adolf Kehrer performed the first ever modern C-section.
You might have a lot of questions regarding the healing and recovery of c-section scars. Some common points are-
Usually the c-section scars are horizontal. They are also popularly called bikini incision and medically called pfannenstiel incision. Vertical or classical incision is not the preferred one. From cosmetic point of view, the former is much better.
The c-section incision is closed either by sutures (stitches), glue, staples or a combination of two.
- Pain will be there, though there will be improvement everyday. You will probably on prescription pain killers for some days. You never have a OTC on your own.
- You might also be prescribed medicines to loose out your stool. the surgery renders the intestines sluggish and constipation is common.
On experiencing pain and redness around your scar, immediately contact your doctor.
Don’t overlook, if any discharge oozes out form the stitch-line- this could make you vulnerable to superadded infection.
Itching is also common around the stitch line. This is more frequent when your scar is healing. Some women feel comfort in tightly holding something over the scar line.
- Lochia, or vaginal discharge could last upto six weeks, though it would be diminishing day by day.
Do not wear tight-fitted clothes as they touch your scar and may create discomfort to you. Wearing loose clothes is advisable.
Keep your c-section scar dry and clean. Use surgical sterilized cotton and betadine to clean the area and then apply an antiseptic ointment thereafter cover it with gauze and seal it a surgical tape. This will protect you scar from any kind of friction form clothes and it also keeps you more comfortable.
- Breastfeeding could be challenging, the incision would pain during initial days. Try the football hold or the lying position and do take the help of a nurse before you breastfeed your child.
- Give postnatal care a high priority – it is a must for you.
Things to do for a speedy healing-
Here are some useful tips to expedite the process of scar healing.
Good Nutrition- eating a well balanced diet rich in all vital nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc are helpful in speeding the process of healing.
Walking- Reaching out to the bathroom might sound herculean, but you need to do gentle walking exercises as it increases blood circulation and hastens the process of healing. Schedule them when you are on a pain killer.
Personal Hygiene- Your personal as well as toilet hygiene play very important roles in speedy recovery of your c-scar. Take regular baths and change your clothes twice a day. Wash your hands with antiseptic soap and clean water after using washroom and before cleaning the scar.
Medicine Routine- Your doctor will prescribe you medicine, make sure you take them on time and go for a review after the drugs are over.
Take Help- Very much required, since you will need a lot of rest. Ask your partner, in-laws, parents, friend, even if no one offers, ask for it. Hiring a help can also be considered if you can afford it.
Regular medical checkups are very important and should be done on time.