Are stitches best after a Caesarean?

Q: After giving birth by Caesarean section, I had clips in my wound instead of stitches. Which heal better?


Midwife Nikki replies:

There’s not much difference between clips or stitches, as long as they’re kept as clean and dry as possible.
Stitches can be individual stitches or a long running stitch, often secured with a bead at each end. On the fifth day, the midwife cuts the bead at one end and removes the stitches. Clips are also removed on the fifth day, using a clip remover.
Most women say they feel a tingling sensation under the skin rather than any pain when either the stitches or the clips are removed. The good news is it feels more comfy afterwards as there’s less tension on the wound.


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