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How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well? How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

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Unread 01-03-2005, 12:13 PM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

Curious to know how Drs determine if you are healing well internally. I'm assuming if you don't have problems (pain, bleeding) they assume all is well. I've extremely nervous as my internal c-section incision didn't heal properly and I ended up with an emergency SAH from hemmorhaging. 3 week follow-up apt. is this Wed.

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Unread 01-03-2005, 04:39 PM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

Hi Amy, I'm the one that wondered what was so bad about bending over! I, too, worry about the internal healing process, and adhesions, etc. I'm sure your worries are substantial considering your bleeding emergency! I would be extra careful not to bend, and any twisting movements and such. Hopefully your Dr. will keep a close eye on the healing, too, but I always ask lots of questions. Just take extra care of yourself, and give yourself lots of time for the healing process. Whenever I rest more, I feel better. It's hard for me to rest and not get up and do things, but I'm learning fast to rest, rest, rest! This site has been most helpful for me, and hopefully for you, too! Take care!
Unread 01-03-2005, 09:45 PM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

I also wondered how the dr. would know that you're healing correctly on the inside. Guess they go by how you're doing on the outside during your recovery period.
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Unread 01-04-2005, 12:52 AM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

Doctors do not know if/when you're completely healed on the inside. They do the visual check of the vaginal cuff at 6 weeks to ensure healing there (which obviously takes longer to heal than the tummy incisions)................the average woman is healed by that time, or slightly sooner..........but, we are not all the same, or average. Nevertheless, deviations are rarely drastically different.

As for the complete internal healing.........most can take anywhere from 6 months, to a full year. Unless you present with problems, doc can only assume you are done. There is no way to truly tell, aside from seeing with the naked eye..................just like they do not know complete details about our fibroids or endo until they are actually in surgery, despite the tests that revealed their presence, in the 1st place.

Your body will let you know if something is not right. The recovery process, though, takes us down a road of assorted aches, pains and symptoms that many of us have never before had and it can be overwhelming in trying to sort what is normal, and what is not. That is why Hystersisters is such a terrific place to see what other women are experiencing. This place helps allay our fears, in addition to all else it provides! And, never forget how important it is to establish and maintain open communication with your is key in a successful recovery
Unread 01-04-2005, 08:33 AM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

Hi Amy!

It's funny you should ask that question because I was wondering the same thing. My checkup is next week, I still have aches and pains (which make me wonder everytime!) but I think I am healing fine. I would hope as long as you are not having problems things should be OK. Good Luck!
Unread 01-04-2005, 09:05 AM
How do Drs know if your internal stitches are healing well?

Great explanation, fibroid woman! Hey, you need a new user name!

It's amazing what a dr. can see when he does the internal post-op exam (usually about 6 weeks after). Mine told me there was a tiny little place on the "corner" of my vaginal cuff that had not healed--he said there might be a bit of discomfort during sex, but just told me if it was uncomfortable, not to proceed. I was cleared for all activity. Never had discomfort or problems.

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