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Unread 11-23-2007, 11:59 PM
Abdominal hysterectomy - vertical incision care

I'm just wondering if any of you sisters who have had a vertical incision have noticed any problems, or were given any different instructions (about lifting, or healing times, etc) than those with horizontal incisions. I had a C-section years ago and have been following those instructions (Turkish drs don't give much in the way of post-op instructions), but am wondering if they hold true for a vertical incision - which I have not had previous to my TAH two weeks ago.
Thank you for your help.
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Unread 11-24-2007, 12:20 PM
Abdominal hysterectomy - vertical incision care

Hi - I was given the instructions to not pick up anything that weighed more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks, use a pillow with my seatbelt when driving, and to keep the incision very dry, and rest a lot! I did get a very small infection 1/2 inch spot on my incision and my nurse recommended applying 1/2 solution of hydrogen peroxide and to keep it very dry. That cleared it up within 2 days!

I went back to work part time at week 3 just a few hours that week. I'm going to continue to work part time for another few weeks.

I wish you good luck!
Unread 11-24-2007, 02:51 PM
Abdominal hysterectomy - vertical incision care

I had horizontial but pretty much same as meg for me
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Unread 11-24-2007, 04:17 PM
One difference for me

I have a vertical incision and I was told to be careful when moving side to side like getting into the car, a booth in a restuarant and in and out of bed. The side to side motion. I have not had any problems though.
Unread 11-24-2007, 06:16 PM
Abdominal hysterectomy - vertical incision care


I have a 10 inch vertical incision with staples as a closure. Unfortunately, I have had a nasty infection where some of the staples were at. I too was told to use hydrogen peroxide along with soap and water to try to heal it. I am still working on healing it in certain places.

Most of the infection I really do believe hit me was because I had such a horrible cardiac reaction to the anethiesia. If I didn't have to move around so much following surgery, I think I would be healed by now. I was basically moving myself from my bed to another bed for different tests, and then I had to get in a wheelchair. Like I said, I think my incision would be healed by now if I weren't so active at the get go.

This is nothing like cosmetic surgery. Nothing at all. I had someone in the hospital try to tell me that one, and I felt so belittled. Don't let anyone do that to you.

I wish you only the best, now and in the future.

Blessings all around.
Unread 11-24-2007, 09:03 PM
Abdominal hysterectomy - vertical incision care

Lori, hi there, I hope your not having any problems. I had the vertical incision & had no problems with it. It healed better than my last c-section did & it didn't come open either. When I had my last c-section my incision came open in 2 places. Dr. told me what to do after looking at it, it healed fine after that. this time everything is good, looks better than the old scar did.
My guess would be, if your not showing any signs of infection like redness or swelling at the incision & your surgery was on the 10th, it sounds like its healing ok. if it were going to come open I'm sure it would have done so by now. That's just my opinion, I could be wrong. I think most of the bad stuff happens in the first few weeks.
I was afraid to breath after my TAH/BSO in fear of it coming open. I even had my dr. write in my hospital orders, staples go home with me. Last time hosp. told me I couldn't go home with them. the 2nd day home from the hospital, I looked down horrified to see my stomach open in 2 places! Scared me to death! This time I was prepared, at 2 weeks I was sure my stomach was ok. I'm sticking with the post op restrictions, It's not worth the risk of messing up what might be still healing inside.
I hope you continue to heal well, and I send hugs to you.

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