Does anyone know how long it takes for the incision to stop looking so fresh and new? I don't have an infection or any redness or anything, but it looks like a cut on an arm or leg would look after a day or two--slightly scabbed over. I'm at 5 weeks and expected to see a scar forming by now. My DH says it's a deep incision and it's not going to heal up so fast, but still!!!
Donnie. If it's not red...and scabbed over..it won't be long. Don't pick on those scabs though. I took extra long showers and let the water run on my incision to loosen up the scabs...then let it air dry. I still had some small scabs just in certain areas at 8 weeks. The outsides of the incision healed first..then the middle. Hang in there..sounds like your getting close.
Hmmm, I 'm trying to remember. I am 5 months post (almost) and now just have a very thin line that is barely noticable. I know at 8 weeks post when I went back to work it looked like a zipper, I had staples. The staple holes are gone now. I honestly don't remember much scabbing. I do know at 5 weeks, I wondered if it would ever heal and when I went for my 6 week check-up my doctor thought he needed a medal! He bragged and bragged about what a nice cut he had made. Your DH is right, that is a very deep cut. It does get better. Does it itch from the healing process? I wasn't sure what felt the oddest, the cut healing or the hair growing back in Hang in there, it takes time just like everything else. Karlene
Hi...I went to the dr today for my post-op checkup and he told me my incision looked great. It will be 6 weeks Friday that I had my surgery. He said it was completely healed..he seemed very surprised and excited by it. For some reason my great progress was a shock. I don't know if it's because I'm overweight or what. I told him that I kept it clean and dry and he was happy. Everyone's body is different and healing will be different for each of us. I'm so lucky because I've read about infections that some of the sisters have had to endure and my heart goes out to them.
I did not know a lot of this, and relieved my mind and made me feel more normal. I thought maybe my skin cells died and wouldn't heal or something like that. Seems like I always need something to obsess about!
I am 1 week ahead of you, and my incision is still reddish. It is still very hard, and tender is some places. Last night I went to pelvicfloor.com and looked at the surgery pics, WOW, after seeing that it helped me to understand why we need so long to recover. You have ALOT of sutures in there!! This is my first surgery ever, so I had alot to learn also. Just hang in there,k?