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C section Scar opening up

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nc060 Tue 17-Oct-17 06:19:06

So I had a c section just over 3 years ago. I noticed in bed last night that there was a bit that was sore right at the corner of my scar and it was a large lump. This morning it seems to have opened up a wee but, there was blood in my pants and there is now a wee hole. Has anyone heard of this before? X

Ankleswingers Tue 17-Oct-17 06:33:41

Gp job I think.

You don't want to get an infection if there's a hole.

I had huge haematomas on my scar that bled like crazy after my last c section but that was within a couple of weeks after having my DS,

Yours is a few years down the line- definitely get seen by a gp.

Good luck.

blackheartsgirl Tue 17-Oct-17 06:59:48

Yes get yourself to the gp as you are at risk of infection. I had haemotomas and my scar split 3 days after having my section and I was quite poorly for weeks, yours is a few years later but worth medical attention asap

Pythonesque Tue 17-Oct-17 07:17:11

Agree get yourself seen today. What you describe could indicate some underlying infection already, so don't be surprised if your GP gives you antibiotics, or refers you onwards. Their decision will probably depend a lot on what it actually looks like. The most innocuous explanation that occurs to me is that you could have had an old stitch work its way out - some a dissolvable some aren't, and the way the body reacts to foreign material is to eventually expel it.

Best wishes.

browndollXo Tue 17-Oct-17 07:51:38

I have mine 4 month ago and feel like the right side is tender/sore scared to pull my belly on that side or shave near that part in case that happened defienelty go to your gp x

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 08:12:58

Hi OP, I'm a nurse and worked on surgical ward for years. Wounds can and do sometimes 'open up', this is called dehiscence. Usually it involves cleaning the wound and then dressing it to promote healing from the inside out. It takes time. Your GP or preferably TR nurse would be best to deal with it, referral to Tissue Viability nurse if needed.
However I have never heard of this happening after 3 years. It could wel be a rogue stitch, or abscess? Definitely you need to be seen as soon as possible, like next day or so, to have it assessed.
In the mean time shower as normal, but don't 'wash' the wound with soap, just let the water wash over it. Pat the wound dry with a clean towel, and if you have a sanitary towel pop it against the wound held in place with knickers. No need for creams or any other dressing at the min.
Let us know how you get on?

nc060 Tue 17-Oct-17 08:31:38

Thanks all, just waiting on a call back from GP x

nc060 Tue 17-Oct-17 08:40:25

I have an appointment at 10.20 x

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 08:40:53

That's great!

archaicmother Tue 17-Oct-17 08:57:26

You obv. need to get checked by a doctor but medical grade manuka honey fixed my section infections. Smear on and put a pad horizontally across the front of your knickers overnight. Honestly it really works.
I used it when the scar was new and infected and still do it if gets itchy or sore.
It's only £4 a tube on amazon, they do impregnated pads with it as well.

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 11:21:36

How did you get on with GP nc060?

LeavesinAutumn Tue 17-Oct-17 11:32:05

@a1sharon, are lumps under c sec scars normal years after?

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 12:17:21

Just driving will answer in a bit!

nc060 Tue 17-Oct-17 13:43:59

Quite a deep infection. Nurse cleaned it out and pushed a lot of gunk out (was like one of the sporner videos on Facebook!!)) and has given me antibiotics! Thanks for the replies

amusedbush Tue 17-Oct-17 14:22:38

I am pleased that you were seen so quickly but also disappointed that you didn't film it for us grin

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 15:27:37

Did she dress it at all? Glad you have been seen so quickly. TR nurses are well used to all manner of wounds. If it was me I would be showering it out daily, get the gunk out.
Leaves scar tissue can feel lumpy. I had a hernia repaired 2 years ago. The site is numb, and still bumpy. I would say if you are concerned that the lumpiness is new, or causing discomfort to be seen by a GP.
Just to point out that I am a very rusty nurse, (been out for a few years but heading back soon) and not a doctor. Love wounds though!

LeavesinAutumn Tue 17-Oct-17 15:44:47

Glad you go sorted op.
Thanks A1 I have been to docs and seem to to think it's OK inspite of not knowing what it is... I just wondered if it was common to feel lumps and bump around scar, tanks

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 16:31:46

If you stitched a rip in a piece of clothing it would close the gap but there would be little lumps & bumps between the stitches. I guess it's like that in the layers that have been stitched under our top skin layer. Does that make sense?

nc060 Tue 17-Oct-17 18:23:54

Yes she had given me a weeks worth of dressings. Was going to clean it in salty water tonight and put a new dressing on overnight then not sure what to do in the shower as the dressing will come off

IncyWincyGrownUp Tue 17-Oct-17 18:59:33

I wouldn’t clean it tonight if it has already been cleaned and dressed. Leave it until after your shower tomorrow.

A1Sharon Tue 17-Oct-17 19:37:05

Yes, agree. Leave it tonight. just put a clean pad over the dressing if you feel it may leak a bit.
The remove it all tomorrow and shower as normal-don't actively wash the wound, just let the water wash over it.
Pat dry with clean towel, and see if you can get any more goo out maybe-just gently, don't worry if you can't. Then pop new dressing on. Repeat daily, and take your antibiotics.
Might be an idea to take a daily photo to keep an eye on it, just in case it doesn't improve. Is it large?
Also, make sure your diet is helping not hindering, good fresh diet. And cake of course!cake

Pythonesque Wed 18-Oct-17 00:24:23

I'm concerned that the origin / cause of the infection probably needs to be addressed at some point, given that it is 3 years since your section. Make sure you speak with a GP at some point not just the nurse, if you haven't already.

oldlaundbooth Wed 18-Oct-17 01:51:50

Crikey hope you're better soon!

Out2pasture Wed 18-Oct-17 02:10:52

usually a stitch. not all people react the same to "dissolvable stitches" the ones that they use on the underlying layers.

nc060 Thu 19-Oct-17 19:13:27

So that's 5 lots of
Antibiotics now. And still a big hole!

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