A week ago I had my 6 week postnatal checkup. My GP has referred me back to the hospital where I gave birth to see a Gynecologist. My episiotomy stitches have healed well but I have been left with a small opening in the scar, close to the vaginal opening, that needs to be fixed incase it splits open.
i am wondering if anyone else has had to have stitches repaired and how painful it is during and afterwards? My initial stitches were so sore i could barely it down or walk for 3 weeks. Plus getting the stitches just after birth was horrific, and that was with all the great hormones and excitement etc.
i am terrified of the pain i will have to go through again as GP thinks part of the scar will have to be re-cut and stitched.
Im more scared of getting it fixed than i was giving birth!
i am also annoyed that the original stitches were not fixed when i was still in hospital or during my early postnatal checkups. I had several midwives comment that the stitches were gaping and they would say to me - just keep your legs shut and it will all heal, it needs to heal from the back to the front......
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02-10-2012 14:34 #1
Help - stitches repaired after birth?
02-10-2012 18:18 #2Senior Member
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you don't have to be restitched if you don't want to.
ask for info on benefits and risks of all your options.
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02-10-2012 20:09 #3Member
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I had to be completely re stitched 1 week after having my son as my stitches had come out in places. I was sent back to the hospital by my middy and the doctor there said that i didn't HAVE to be restitched but there could be issues down the track with decreased sensitivity etc. So i chose to get re stitched under a general anaesthetic as i knew i wouldn't be able to stay still with just a local ( which is why the first lot weren't done properly).
I had no pain immediately after and no discomfort while i healed.
but as Bubbles10 said, i would ask my doc about the best option for you
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02-10-2012 20:13 #4
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02-10-2012 20:33 #5
I had to be restitched as the first stitches were way too tight and I couldn't bend forward to even brush my teeth over a sink. I had this done 2 weeks post birth with a local anaesthetic. I think the relief from having the first lot undone and redone overshadowed any uncomfortableness from having them redone. In saying that I didn't tear near my vagina- it was at the other end
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10-10-2012 14:41 #6
Oh my gosh, you poor thing!
Episiotomies are just the worst, I curse the fact that I had one every single day.
I had a similar sort of thing happen. My stitches healed well but as they healed, they tore an opening in the skin which then got infected. My GP gave me antibiotics to help clear it up. After one course, the opening was still there and I was totally freaking out. It was bad enough having the stitches in the first place and not being able to sit down for so long, all whilst trying to look after a newborn . Back I went to my GP who assured me it was healing, just slowly. She gave me another course of antibiotics which seemed to do the trick. Three months on it all looks a bit messy and scarred down there and I often wonder if I should have gone to a gyno to have a proper assessment.
What did you decide to do in the end?
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10-10-2012 16:02 #7
Oh goodness you poor thing.
Sounds to me like whomever stitched you didn't do a good job in the first place.
I had a big episiotomy with ds1 with minimal discomfort and healed really well with no dramas, I highly recommend ultrasound therapy though to assist with the healing and discomfort. I had a small episiotomy with ds2 and again no problems afterwards.
I would definately get it fixed rather than leave it though, I'm sure they would do it under local at the very least.
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14-10-2012 09:08 #8
Thanks ladies, i am booked in to see one of the hospital gyno's in feb next year. Thats the best they could do for me. I plan on visiting my GP again to get a referral to a private gyno to see if i can get in earlier.
I dont have any pain in the area any more but i am worried about it tearing open. From looking at it myself it looks like it could tear fairly easily. I think getting re- stitched will be necessary but i am still a little scared
i can only hope it is fixed if it is re-stitched by someone more competent.
23-01-2013 18:02 #9
Help - stitches repaired after birth?
Hi ladies, just giving an update - I had my appt today. As I had suspected just a small part of the original episiotomy needs to be repaired. I also need some scar tissue removed as its causing pain/pinching etc.
After weighing up the pros and cons I am going to get it repaired, have approx another 3 month wait until that happens.
So I'm feeling a little better now I know they won't be reopening the entire original cut... Just 1-2 cm. I will have proper anaesthetic this time and plenty of pain meds. Hopefully I will be back to normal after it has all healed.
If only it was done properly the first time around!!!
23-01-2013 18:08 #10
Oh you poor thing
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