Members of the cesarean section board give detailed accounts of their time in surgery.
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I am having a lot of anxiety about my first upcoming C-section. I had a major surgery when I was 17, where I was diagnosed with adenomyosis and endometriosis, so I have a c-section scar on my lower abdomen already. My doctor now is pretty insistent that I have the C Section due to the fact that my uterine muscles are already weakened by the previous surgery and the adenomyosis. I guess my biggest anxiety is that this surgery will be as bad as the first, where I was on a pain pump and had a catheter for 3 days and was in the hospital for over a week. Then I had to go back for an infection. I think I am making myself nervous by comparing it to that surgery. Any advice for a first time C-sectioner? Adnyone here have a prior surgery that required them to have a c-section? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
Hi. I had a previous surgery before my C-section. It was due to fibroids and they made a very similar incision to a c-section. Recovery from the first surgery was like you experienced- awful. I was in a lot of pain. And it took a long time to get back to normal.
My Dr also told me I had to have a C-section b/c of the previous surgery on my uterus.
Fortunately, the recovery from the planned C-section was by far easier than the first surgery. Almost like a piece of cake compared to each other. I did have an infection of the scar after I was released and the scar was a little bit open but it healed pretty fast after they treated me with the silver nitrate stuff.
I think key to the planned C-section is to make peace with it. Prepare for the pain (know that it will hurt when the give you the epidural). But know it's only temporary. Also try to distract yourself. Go see a movie. Go out to dinner, etc. It will be hard to do all that stuff once your baby is here.
On the day of you C-section, take some pics before you go to the hospital. I did and it's really sweet to look at them now.
If you have any questions. We are all here for you and many have been through a C-section as well.
Hang in there. Any surgery is scary. I was terrified. It's ok to feel like that.