How To Deal With A Caesarean Section Wound That Is Open On The Outside And Drains Fluid?

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eveningrnI want to ask how to treat an open external surgical wound u0026amp; always discharge for 3 weeks since the operation but still discharge u0026amp; the wound doesn’t close (only the end of the wound is open)rnthank you

1 Answer:

Hi Aisha,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Under normal conditions, the external wound after cesarean section will dry up and close within 1 to 2 weeks. Therefore, if after 3 weeks post-surgery your wound has not closed and is still leaking fluid, you should immediately consult a gynecologist for further evaluation and appropriate treatment.


Several factors can cause a cesarean scar to dry and close slowly, including:

Inadequate wound care
Wound infection
Seams that are too tight or too loose
Excessive activity
Inadequate nutritional intake
Immune system disorders, for example due to diabetes, HIV/AIDS, long-term use of steroids
Blood clotting disorders
Connective tissue disorders, and so on

The most worrying thing about a wound that is slow to close is the risk of spreading infection. As is known, open wounds are an excellent field for multiplication of pathogenic bacteria. If this infection is not handled properly, then it can spread, not only to the abdominal cavity but also to other organs that are far away. Therefore, don't delay to do a wound control with an obstetrician, okay? Treatment can be done in various ways depending on the condition of the wound, it can be by administering medication, drainage of fluid and pus, or even suture reconstruction.


In the meantime, you should not touch your surgical wound excessively, especially using hands that are doubtful of cleanliness. You can clean the liquid that comes out by pressing it gently with clean gauze moistened with intravenous fluids (NaCl). Also avoid wearing clothes and pants that are too tight so as not to cause excessive friction around the scar. Get plenty of rest and limit activities that are too strenuous. Meet your nutritional needs by eating lots of foods rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Stay away from cigarettes, alcohol, and avoid applying anything to the cesarean scar, unless advised by your doctor.

Post-cesarean recovery

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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