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This is a normal incision at about 6 weeks from the day of surgery. Over the next several months the incision will become lighter in color and softer to the touch.
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This is an incision within 24 hours from the initial surgery. Most patients will not have any oozing of blood onto the telfa pad that covers the incision and the underlying steristrips. However some patients will and this is not something to freak out about. You do not need to get upset or even call about this as we want any small reminants of blood in the fatty layer of your abdominal wall to leak out. By leaking out there is a lowered change that this bit of blood can help cause you to have a wound infection. When we see you the morning after surgery we will tell you how to handle this.
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This incision has a bit of yellowish and redish bruising. Generally it will resolve on it's own without anything having to be done with it. You could help it to resolve faster by putting hot soaks on it.
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This incision has a hemotoma in the fatty layer of the abdominal wall. A hematoma is a pocket of blood which can commonly collect in the fatty layer of the abdominal wall. It happens because one of the blood vessels that was cut in two during the opening of your tummy has leaks some blood even though it was cauterized. This could have happened because you were a bit too active but it's one of those things that can just happen. Generally it will resolve on it's own without anything having to be done with it. You could help it to resolve faster by putting hot soaks on it. This technique should be tried initially before seeing a local doctor. Most Gynecologists will use this technique but if you see a General Surgeon he/she will probably reopen the incision, pack it with gauze and let it scar in from the bottom until it's completely closed. While this works well, it's time consuming and leaves the incision looking very ugly in the end.

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