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Were your stitches removed or dissovable?

  • WendyL
  • Erie, PA
  • 3 years ago

I'm meeting with PS on the 28th (surgery is March 10th) but I was wondering what was normal. I had staples with my c-section and those were removed at 7 days post-op (and that was the worst part of the whole thing!)

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Thanks Kimmmers. I was doing so great and then whamo, the past few days were living hell. I have no words to tell you guys what this site means to me. No words. So thank you.
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You ladies are making me cry. I have been so worried. Ran to my PS on Monday for what turned out to be nothing so I'm trying to wear my big girl panties. But I guess I am needy right now and you have no idea how much your comments have helped. Oh wait, yes you do! Thank you.
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Linda you will be ok :)   The swelling is a total pain in the ass and torments you out of the blue.  You will have a good day and then a bad day but know this is normal and all part of the process.  Just when you think you have turned a corner...WHAM the swell hell is back. 

I promise it will end :)
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I am at day 17 post op, and still using ice daily. My lower ab and below the binder, swells later in the day and evening. I have one of those gel ice packs that moulds well to your body. I use in on the lower front, but also on my hips as they get sore when they swell closer to bedtime.

Just don't put it on your bare skin, since the numbness will not help you to notice if it's getting too cold. Only 10 minutes at a time, per location.
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Barbie, you are a life saver! Here I was ready to run to the ER because I know I have slight fluid build up on my right side. I have taken off the compression garment, which seems to be irritating my incision, which is healed, and switched to two ace bandages. So you swelled at 4 weeks? I feel like I am wishing my life away. Wishing I was 4 weeks past, got there, now wish I was 7 weeks past. Ugh.
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Hang in there Linda! At 4 weeks I worked a 10 hr day, then went to a dinner meeting. By the time I got home I was stiff, tight & hurting. Took a hot shower, changed Spanx, used that ice pack & felt much better.

Just rest girl & take care. If you don't feel better soon check with your doc. XO
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Hey did you ever ice any areas? I haven't as I am nervous about everything but I've seen some say they have used ice.
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Hi Linda - you sound just like me. I'm not a cook; I don't grocery shop; thankfully my husband loves creating meals and I have help with everything else. My work takes most of my time.

You're at 4 weeks which for us "no drain" gals means we think we're totally back to normal. You still need to rest when you can. I'm at 7 weeks and finally had a great session with my trainer. Still had to be careful with my core/ab area.

I have used my husband's back pain ice pack on my tummy some weeks ago & it helped a bit. You just need to rest a bit more. Take care!
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I did ice and often.  It really helped the swelling on the incision areas.  I also iced my outer thighs on the lipo areas.  I did not put anything directly on my skin.  I used a thin towel in between the ice and my skin. 

What worked best for me was bags of frozen peas.  Sounds strange I know but it worked great. 
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lol, well I am a terrible cook. Probably why I needed this surgery to begin with. But you are right, we are super human. Work all day, and do what we do at home. My husband cooks, and we have had to change how we eat since this surgery, for the better though.
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I do all of the cooking in my house and the hubby does the eating and dishes :)  I love to cook and am a bit of a chef in the kitchen.  Cooking is my passion and it is relaxing to me. 

Works good in our relationship.  He loves to eat so likes to try all the new recipes that I create.  I hate to do dishes and load/unload the dishwasher.  I make a hell of a mess in the kitchen when I cook so I need to feed him well before he jumps in to clean up the aftermath.
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Because we're woman and we ususally are! lol
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No joke there :)  We can run the world by day and have a six course meal on the table by 5:00. 
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Mine was just like Barbies. Quilted and dissolvable. Didn't have significant swelling until this week, 4 weeks post, which is my own fault since I have been doing too much.
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Rest Linda :)

Why do we feel that we need to be Wonder Woman 24/7...LOL
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I had all internal stitches except for the belly button.  Those had to be removed but it did not hurt.  You are numb and don't really feel anything. 
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I had the "no drain" quilting stitch tummy tuck. No drains at all and all my stitches were dissolveable. In my case, that made for a VERY fast and easy recovery with NO swelling.
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