WITH A MOMMA
Anaesthesia: General or epidural.
Places: Organized and well-equipped clinic.
Duration: 2 – 3 hours.
Eve: One night.
Pain – Discomfort: moderate, if there is abdominal distension and stapling the discomfort is greater. Taking painkillers for 5 – 15 days.
Swelling: Maximum in 3 days, improvement in 2-3 weeks but may take up to 3 months to completely recover. Initially, the area above the incision may look a little unnaturally inflated.
Bruises: Most of the time there are none.
Stitches: Stitches are usually absorbable and do not need to be removed.
Hypersensitivity: it is expected and can last for more than 6 months.
Bandages – Gauze: Removed in the first few days.
Cuttings: Plastic tubes (usually 2) placed inside the abdomen to prevent fluid collection called “sepsis” or “hygroma”. They are usually removed on the 2nd to 7th day (rarely).
Support: use of a special elastic band for 3 to 6 weeks. It gives more comfort and support during healing.
Sun: sun protection of the scar for at least one year with a swimsuit or sunscreen with SPF 15 is recommended. It is advisable to avoid the use of “solarium”.
Work: you need at least 10 days of rest. If the work is demanding (lifting weights) it may take up to 3 weeks.
Exercise: At 1 month postoperatively (initially at 50% of strength).
Final Result: At least 1 year for the scar to fully mature.