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C-section came open -- packing with gauze.

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Old 12-24-11, 11:29 AM
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Default C-section came open -- packing with gauze.

I recently had a c-section on Dec. 15th. They took out my staples and released me from the hospital on the 18th. On the 20th I noticed that my c-section was coming open. I went into my OB/GYN and they reopened my whole incision and I have to have it packed with gauze by a home nurse each day. It is draining QUITE a bit of clear fluid (which is why it broke open in the first place).

Has anyone else been through this??

I'm worried that if it starts healing that the fluid will just bust it open again. Or will my body just re-absorb the fluid that does not drain out?

I am also having a LOT of pain with it being open (only on the right side, though). If you went through this, when did your pain start subsiding??

This is really, really discouraging. I'm trying to be brave, but it's really hard to enjoy my new baby when I'm in SO much pain.
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Old 12-24-11, 01:34 PM
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Oh no! That sounds awful; I'm so sorry you have to go this. The first couple of weeks is hard enough with a new baby and healing from surgery, but to have to deal with on top of it. What does your doctor to say to all these questions? I've had 2 c-sections myself. but no complications like that. I hope it heals quickly and does not cause any further issues. Try to enjoy your baby and this holiday as best you can!
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My doctor said she couldn't say when the pain would subside, but I figured I could get somewhat of an idea if other people have gone through this.

The nurse that came today (after I posted this) said that they are putting a wound vac in, which will help drain the fluid and prevent it from coming open again.

I'm just hoping to get through the next couple weeks without breaking down and crying. LUCKILY I have the best baby someone could ask for. Such a sweetie. Hardly cries and only wakes up twice in the night. It makes this whole ordeal so much easier.
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