Cesarean section (C-section) incision

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Cesarean section (C-section) incision

If you deliver your baby by cesarean section, you will stay in the hospital three or four days, until you are healed enough to go home. In the hospital, you will be given pain medication as needed.

Any stitches or staples will be removed before you leave the hospital. You will be given a prescription for pain medication to take at home if you need it. At home, you may find that you do not need prescription pain medication. For many women, over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) control the pain.

Your doctor will provide instructions about how to care for your C-section wound. It is important to follow these instructions carefully.

These instructions may include:

* Keep the incision clean and dry. Wash the area several times a day with warm water. Do not spray water directly into the wound
* Change any bandages regularly.
* Wear loose clothing. Avoid clothing that can rub against and irritate the incision. Pay particular attention to underwear bands.
* Continue packing the wound at home, if needed. Some wounds may not close at first. If your doctor has recommended packing your incision, follow the directions carefully. Change the packing and wash the wound several times a day.

* Know when to call the doctor.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
o Fever over 100.4 degrees
o Persistent drainage or foul-smelling fluid from the incision
o Increased tenderness at the incision site
o Separating of the edges of the wound
o Redness or swelling at the incision site

 
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