A hysterectomy is an operation, where the female uterus is removed. The surgery can occur through the abdomen, or more rarely through the vagina. There are a large number of reasons why a woman would need a hysterectomy. According to womenshealth.gov, a hysterectomy may be needed because of cancer, persistent vaginal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis or chronic pelvic pain. After you have undergone the surgery, you may want to know how to minimize and perhaps even prevent scarring from the hysterectomy.
Things You'll Need
- Mild soap
The first step in minimizing scarring after a hysterectomy, is to get plenty of rest. This seems simple, but it is very important. Not only does your body need rest to heal, over working parts of your stomach can cause the scar to worsen.
Regularly wash your wound with warm water and mild soap. A shower is the best way to wash, since sitting in a bath tub is probably not only forbidden right after surgery, but the dirty water can be a hazard to your wound. Be very gentle when doing this. You stomach will be sore, so gentle finger stokes in between the stiches or staples are a must. If your wound is itchy, this is a great way to relieve the itch and feel clean and fresh.
Eat a healthy diet. This means making sure you are getting the required amounts of the healthy food groups. When your body has the vitamins and minerals it needs, it is able to heal better and quicker. Remember to drink plenty of water as well. This helps flush toxins out of your body.
Once your wound has completely healed, with no opening showing, you can start using a product called Mederma. This is an anti-scarring cream that reduces or prevents scarring. It has very high ratings. Apply the cream three to four times a day for eight weeks for new scars.