Topic of the month – April 2012

Don’t forget to take care of your scar after your Caesarean section

In the past, Caesarean sections were primarily carried out for medical reasons. Nowadays, however, many mothers choose elective Caesareans.

A Caesarean section is a surgical procedure that leaves a scar. To allow the best possible recovery, the scar should be treated with Contractubex® as early as possible.

What happens during a Caesarean section?

In most cases the surgeon makes a horizontal incision in the bikini area, opening the abdominal wall up one layer at a time. He then goes through the muscles of the uterus before lifting out the baby. The individual layers of the abdominal wall are sewn back up and the outside edges of the wound are stitched together.

There is a less invasive form of Caesarean section which only involves partial opening of the abdominal wall. After the procedure, the layers of tissue are simply stitched back together. This method is beneficial because the edges of the wound are frayed, allowing them to heal more quickly and less painfully. Furthermore, the new mother is mobile again after a shorter time.

What do I need to bear in mind after a Caesarean section?

Soon after surgery, you need to stand up to get your circulation and muscles back to a normal rhythm. At the same time, you need to make sure you and your body get as much looking after as your new baby.

Specifically, this means taking things easy for 5-6 weeks, with no baths, lifting anything over 5 kg or sports. And of course, regular care of your scar. Contractubex® should be used as soon as the wound is closed and the stitches are removed. This ensures the scar heals as well as possible, so you just have your little bundle of joy as a reminder of the birth.


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