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Removing C-section Staples

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Updated May 30, 2014

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Staples for a C-Section
Cesarean Incision Scar- 6 days

This mother just had her first cesarean section six days before this photo was taken. Here you see her staples holding her skin incision together.

Photo © Desiree
When you have a c-section, your doctor must find a way to hold the layers of your body that have been opened closed. Internally there are usually dissolvable sutures or stitches. This means that they will slowly reabsorb into your body and do not need any special care.

The last layers that are held together are on the outside of your body. They can be closed be any of the following:

  • Stitches (sutures)
  • Surgical grade glue
  • Staples

When repairing the incision after your give birth, your doctor will decide what is the best type of material to use. The decision will be made taking into account their normal practices, your skin, your body type and factors in your medical history.

Staples will always need to be removed, some stitches will need to be removed, other dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed. This usually happens before you leave the hospital after you've had your baby.

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