Bad C-Section

Has anyone else had a terrible experience with a c-section? Mine was verticle, 22 staples, they left the staples in for 6 days and I have a little red hole that will probably leave a scar where each staple was at, so 44 holes total. It wasn't healed when they removed them all the way plus the incision is jagged when you get half way down it like it ripped in surgery. So they used silver nitrate on the part of the incision that re-opened, and the nitrate spread in my skin and burnt out more than just the incision. Now I have the top of the incision healing well and then 3/4th of it extremely infected, about an inch wide of just gapping raw flesh with blackend skin on the sides of it from the silver nitrate and little red holes lining the whole incision. I'm pissed as hell. Not to mention I'm in excruciating pain.
I had my c-section 8 days ago and I'm soaking through bandages immediately with blood and other fluids. It's ridiculous. I don't look like I had a c-section anymore, I look like I'm a burn victim or something is eating away at my skin. Because of it I can't go visit my son I could rip open more at any moment.

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You poor thing! What do the doctors tell you to do? That doesn't sound safe at all. The infection could go systemic if you don't treat it. Hope you are on antibiotics. Good luck.
Kim

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I am so sorry to hear of your ordeal! I had an emergency c-section... more staples than normal and it's a bit crooked, but nothing like what you're going through. I hope things turn around soon and you have a speedy recovery. I'm so sorry you can't see your son. I can imagine pumping must be painful. I'll be thinking about you and hope you get better soon!

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OMG, I would talk to a lawyer when you get out, and get a second opinion on that wound it sounds bad hun. Please take care.

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i had an emer c section and was told they are more likely to get infected and sure enough i did. i went in for staple removal and the doc said hmm you look infected and just ripped the incision back open! i had to take packing material and pack the wound 3 times per day for over 2 months! but finally i healed. the doc said antibiotic wouldnt help that type of infection it just had to heal from the inside out so maybe you will need to do that? i dunno but i feel for you i was in a lot of pain for a long time and i refused to not go see my baby and that made it much worse because i had so far to travel. i wish you the best and hope yours does much better than mine did!

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Wishing you a quick recovery. I hope that the wounds heal soon so that you can be with your baby.

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Take lots of pictures of it. Keep a daily journal of what's going on with the wound and contact a lawyer!
Are you still in the hospital? Can they wheel you to the NICU?

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Yea I think tomorrow I'm going to ask around to find another OB and get a second opinion. It's hard to be mad at the lady because she's SO NICE and maternal...But I can't understand how it's going to heal. It's an inch wide at parts. The infection is going away day by day, I'm so blessed because my husband has been a medic in the military for 12 years, so I'm getting the best care at home =) Better than any nurse at the hospital! It feels like it's healing, but I mean it's HUGE I can't understand how it will close.

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I did not know that they still gave women staples after a c section. I had a c section and they gave me the dissolving stitches but mine did get a little inflamed. Besides that everything was fine. I hope you feel better soon.

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Oh my goodness, I do feel your pain. I had a vertical incision as well. I had well over 30 staples and they were removed after 7 days. All was great until I sat down and opened up like an overripe watermelon. The whole thing re-opened top to bottom. The ambulance and paramedics gave my neighbors quite a show when they loaded me up and took me away. It does eventually heal. I won't promise you it will be pretty, but it does heal! Hang in there and take pain meds if you need to! And allow yourself NO GUILT!!! When my incision opened back up, I couldn't make the 45 minute car ride to the NICU to see Julia for a couple of days and I was filled with unbelievable, completely irrational guilt. Don't let yourself go where I went!!!

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First of all, I would try for a second opinion. Ugh! I don't care how nice your OB is..... Second, I had an emergency C-section and the only thing good about it is that my daughter is now fine. I also had the silver nitrate, the draining wick, and so on. Thankfully the hospital didn't have a mirror so that I could see it all. When I got home, I came this close to passing out when I saw how deformed my body was. It was like they lifted all my insides up and stiched them up high so my abdomen looks like I have a serious beer belly hanging over a belt, but the belt is my scar. I was a size 6 before the baby, so there was a little plump there, but man, did they do a number on me. So, I hear you. It's awful and there is nothing good about having a c-section but I am glad that it sounds like the infection is clearing. It does get a little better. My baby is 15 months now. After about 6 months, most of the puffiness and vibrant red of the scar(s)! toned down a bit. It does get a bit better. I don't know that this helps any, but I hear you! and just hope the infection keeps clearing. My husband was also a big help with the wound cleaning and, once I was out of danger with infection, with helping me feel more or less ok with my new bizarre body shape and lovely scars. I got my daughter, but no fun the c-section bit. Hang in there and work on healing. It sounds like your hubby can keep an eye on the little one (CONGRATS!!!!!) while you get yourself healed up. All the best!

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They used staples on me but they worked. I do have a scar (thin red line) though.

Is it possible that you are allergic to the metals? Maybe they need to use thread (although I seem to recall that there is a segment of the population that's allergic to the material in the threads).

Good idea about writing all the details down now...just in case you want to consult a lawyer. Gives you some flexibility.

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I have no idea what to say. I am sorry

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I had 2 emrg C sections and though neither were fun the 2nd was way better than the first and they also went vertical but only on my utris they did a boat cut on my stomach. So I have idea what you are going through ( it must be painful) my daughter was born at specialty hospital in RI so maybe that is the difference. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that you fell better soon.

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I too had emergency c-section but none of the things you’re describing sound familiar.
I had the dissolving stitches and the cut was horizontal. It healed nicely straight away and as I was on very strong antibiotics I didn’t experience an infection. The things you’re going through don’t sound right at all and I would strongly suggest you to seek medical attention immediately. You do not want to risk getting septic! Please ensure that you seek help and that someone treats your wound.

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Get a new Dr, that is a specialist.

Who cares how nice they are, they are hurting you, and doing you harm, and possible permanent damage.



My emergency c-section healing process wasn't. But during was! I could feel and see the whole thing. They did not put up the big curtain so I could see the Drs digging in me, they had to take everything out, intestines, kidneys, etc. to get to my baby. My epi was working either so i felt everything! It was horrible!

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I am so sorry to hear about your experience with your c-section. I also have a vertical cut both inside and out and also had staples and a draining hole. Mine did get slighty infected and the holes were red and hurt for awhile after. Three years later I still have white scars lining up and down my scar from the staples. I am glad to hear that you feel like your healing and that your husband is helping you tremendously. I remember how rough the days were that I wasn't able to go to the hospital and se my daughter. They felt like eternity. I am praying for a speedy recovery for you and your child. God bless!

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OK...whatever doctor you're seeing for wound care with this c-section incision.. stop going there and find someone NEW...immediately. I had vertical inside and horizontal outside and "5 layers of stitches" inside (whatever that means) and the staples on the outside. My staples were removed on the 3rd day and I had no trouble at all. I'm shocked that someone would let your wound become so bad. I am praying you can find someone to help get you healed up quickly.

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I had Kian via emergency c-section at 30 weeks and I too had a vertical incision on the outside and they cut my uterus horizontally on the inside. I had my staples in for a good 10 days which looked like a really screwed up zipper. I kind of wear my scar with pride because of all I had to go through to get my little guy here. Instead of putting a bunch of bandages on me after they took the staples out they used steri-strips. And I had some oozing and such with it but not too bad. I would get to a different doctor pronto. The incision is NOT supposed to look like that. Yes...mine looks gnarly but it never got infected and it sounds like you have a first class infection going on. Here is a link to what mine looked like. This was 4 days post op when they let me come home.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/1km/ME/csection_1.jpg

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Like everyone else has suggested, you need to see someone new if you haven't yet. My emergency Csection at 26 weeks was vertical outside and horizontal inside.

Sometimes massage therapy will help with scarring. I have a friend who is a massage therapist, and he always wants to massage the scar tissue. I won't let him because it is a reminder of where my family has come from. Like Kristin, I wear mine with pride. When you are more healed, you may want to try that on yourself.

Good luck!
Jodi

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