C-Section stitches v staples

User - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 100 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm due to have a c-section in Jan and I was just wondering whether it is better to get stitches or staples I have heard different things about both so I'm a bit confused. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

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Cori - posted on 12/17/2009

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I had dissolving stitches on the inside and this special "tape" on the outer incision. The little bits of tape fell off on their own as it healed. It was nice because I didn't have to get anything removed.

Just to prepare you- I don't know if all women have this but I had a huge pocket of water swelling just under my incision near my lady parts. It thought I'd grown a tumor or something but he said it was just water swelling like in my feet. It wasn't because of the tape or anything. I had no idea that something like that could happen. I hope it isn't TMI but I thought you should no that could happen. I wished someone had told me.

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My first one was csection because he was breech, Sense he was emergency I had to have staples; I was little worried about then getting caugh on my clothes but the good thing it didnt happen and when they get removed you dont even feel em! With my 2nd one I had starile strips they SUCK and they hurt when they were taken off. I didnt get to choose weather to have staples or stiches.

Zandrana - posted on 12/04/2012

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I wouldn't do the insorb dissovlable staples to anyone that is considering them. I am six weeks postpartum and they still hurt inside like someone is stabbing me sometimes. I can feel them all the way across the incision site. And I am told it takes 4 to 6 months for them to completely go away. Not looking forward to this. Wasn't really asked if it was what I wanted to do. One of the insorb sales reps was there and they just kinda did it. Would have rather to have something that could have been taken out like the metal staples or stitches that wouldn't poke me so much. I did have one that came out too. It was poking halfway through the skin.. Ended up just pulling it the rest of the way out since it hurt when it poked through.

Molly - posted on 01/03/2010

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I had staples the first and dissovable stitches the second. I liked the stitches better because they came out on their own, and in addition to recovering, it can be kida painful for them to come clip and remove the staples.

Beth - posted on 12/21/2009

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I have had three c-sections. Each time glued. This is great, just be sure to keep the area dry and clean. Very easy to care for! No pain. I hope this helps.

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Lydia - posted on 09/24/2013

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I know this is a old thread but still thought I'd add my 2 cents... With my first c section I had staple I healed perfect even after pulling them by moving to fast. 2nd time around new dr asked if I was sure I had a c section bc I had no deep underling scare tissue. Well they used the dissolving stitches. I had to be the oped a inch to get a piece out that was stuck and stabbing me. To this day almost 4 years later I still get pieces to pop up. I have a horrible bumpy scare and s grey area from being reopened then glue shut. Sooo go with staples if you can. I have regular stitches in my foot and I can tell its going to scar horribly.

User - posted on 12/21/2009

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hi

I have had both stiches and staples, both of them were fine I was so very about getting them out and both times I didn't feel a thing

Lisa - posted on 12/21/2009

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HiAlana,I had both. I did have problems with the staples 'bursting open',which was more healing time,and the scar is ugly,however i am heavy,and that did not help. I was also doing things that I shouldn't have been,like moving stuff in the house,straining,so-forth. Just be smart,and don't push yourself,like I did. Take it easy,and enjoy you're new baby! One thing to remember,the staples don't hurt when they take them out,and theres lot less scarring! Good Luck and Best Wishes!!!

JANELLE - posted on 12/21/2009

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staples all the way. Don't hurt going in or coming out. I even got to keep mine LOL

Dyanna - posted on 12/20/2009

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Staples on the outside because they take them out before you leave and they won't irritate you after you can actually move. Good luck with your c-section

Smith - posted on 12/20/2009

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I don't really know about stitches, but I had a c-section almost 5 years ago and I had an overly large incision because if was an emergency. I ended up with staples. I was extremely scarred to get them removed, but I didn't even feel them come out when they did it. I wouldn't change a thing about my surgery or my recovery. Hope this helps.

Cherylee - posted on 12/20/2009

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yes Natalie is right dont push yourself because if u think u can do it all in the 1st 2 weeks by the 3rd comes around an u can hardly walk and you feel so run down

Cherylee - posted on 12/20/2009

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Well i have had both staples they got to take off the 4th day and stitches they dis by them self and i have had is they can stitch the inside and staple the outside.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had three kids. All were C-section. I had staples and everything was fine. Don't know if they still work the same, because I had my first 23 years ago. But, not everyone is the same. For some, stitches are ok and for some staples are ok. Hope it goes well with you whatever you decide.

Barbara - posted on 12/20/2009

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i have had three c-sections the first two were staples, the last one i had disolveable stitches put in. they itched a little and i didn't have to worry about getting the staples out. Recovery time was still the same.i wold take the dis-solveable stitches any time they are easier.

User - posted on 12/20/2009

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I was 16 weeks pregnant and had to have surgery to remove my right ovary. I had an ovarian dermoid cyst. I had stitches then. The removal was horrid! Then 26 weeks later I had a C section and had 51 staples. It was a breeze! I would choose staples any day!

Dee - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had staples on the outside and disolvable stitches on the inside. The staples didnt bother me at all, and all I took was tylelol and ib prophen. GOod Luck

User - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had staples with both of my C-sections and have a very small scar, no problems at all! Also, ask your Dr. about Insorb staples, they are absorbable and go underneath the skin. The skin edges look like they have been sewn. I am a surgical tech. and we use these a lot for C-section and hysterectomy "bikini" incisions. You might like them, they are kind of a combination of stitches and staples!

Lisa - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had three C sections and had staples with all......hurt like heck the third time around.

Debbie - posted on 12/20/2009

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I Have had both and I think that there really is much of a differents. I liked the stitches the best because I'm old school..

Nicole - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had a c-section 9 months ago and i didnt have staples nor stitches. They used some glue stuff kinda like super glue. My incision healed fine.

Tonya - posted on 12/20/2009

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I had both and would prefer the stitches. The scar from the stitched seemed to heal better & look better. The staples hurt more than I thought they would coming out. You just have to be sure to keep the stitches really clean so not to get an infection at the incision, but I would choose stitches if I did it again.

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I had my first c-section in May and they used dermaglue. It was great. In fact you can hardly even see the scare!

Leanna - posted on 12/20/2009

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I think its what ever your Dr. does? I had 2 c sections and they used disolving stitches for the inside layers and stapled me both times and the 2ed time he taped me and told me to let the tape fall off..just make sure you keep your area clean and dry, the first time I got infection cause it got wet and didnt dry out and I didnt stay down very well. when they say dont do anything except take care of you and the baby for 8 weeks that is what they mean... My sister inlaw pick up her 1 year old and riped out the inner stetches and had a whole in her c section area that she had to go get packed at the Dr. evry day. so take it easy! and good luck and have fun

Shannon - posted on 12/19/2009

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They actually stitch you on the inside and put staples on the outside. I had staples with all 6 of my children with no problem. Might prick a little sometimes when coming out, but no big deal. Congrats on the new little one to come. Just remember no picking up anything heavier than baby and the laundry and vacuuming can wait.

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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I had a laparotomy for emergency removal of teratoma, and necrotic ovary and tube... They cut the same spot they do for a C-section, only a bit wider opening...
I was surpised to see they stapled it shut afterwards as opposed to putting in stitches.
Since the staples have been out the area has healed beautifully, much better than other places where I had stitches done, both dissolving and non-dissolving kinds, I'd vote for staples...

Melissa - posted on 12/19/2009

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for sure the stitches!! i've had both and think the stitches allow for your skin to heal more naturally (than forced). Plus there's less risk for infection with stitches. I think they only use staples in an emergency(for a quick job). Good luck in January! i'm sure everything will go smoothly

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I had staples and they just pop those things right out before you head home. I think they worked great for me. NEver had the stitches though, so I can't help with that. I honestly never felt my stiches during recovery and they only pinched when being removed. But they remove them very quickly. Then they put some adhesive on the scar just incase of tearing but I didn't have to go back for removal or anyhting, they did the stitches right in the room before I left to go home. Good luck.

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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Thanks for all your advice, will speak to Dr about his preference. Glue sounds good but haven't heard of it where I live, will definatley inquire about it. Thanks again, am overwhelmed by the time you have all taken to reply. Also thanks for the good wishes.

Caroline - posted on 12/19/2009

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I had 4 c-sections and I would highly recommend getting the stitches. I had stitches with all four. For the first 3 I had steri strips over the cut but for my last which was 10 months ago they used the glue on top and I think that was the best.

Zujein - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hi! I've had 3 c-section all with staples in the out side and I had no problems in any of them. :-). They didn't ask me to go back into the hospital to take them off. They did it the same day I was leaving I think.

Cheri - posted on 12/19/2009

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I had staples, it was what my Dr preferred. I had no pain, super easy removal and have just a super thin scar. I actually had a worse time with the bandaging since I'm allergic to adhesive so that was no fun, but the staples were great. It's been 5 years and I don't even notice it unless I'm looking for it :o)

Stephanie - posted on 12/19/2009

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I have had both and I prefer stitches, staples were very painful. I recommend getting stitches. Good luck!

Annette - posted on 12/19/2009

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There is also a special type of glue now too. They used it on me instead of stitches or staples and my scar is nearly gone. Plus I didn't have to go back to have them removed. The glue just falls off as you heal

Desiree - posted on 12/19/2009

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With my first child staples were used. I trusted the doctors and didn't really discuss too much. When I went home, the cut opened. Apparently a pocket formed and filled with fluid, and it burst. So, we went back in, apparently it was healing from the outside in NOT from the inside out. So, I had to spend ONE MONTH going in daily TWICE a day to have the bandages changed to make sure it healed the right way...it was painful and a horrible experience. Recovery from that c-section was long, tiring, and just a horrible experience.

So when I was going to give birth to my second child, I spoke to my doctor on MANY different occasions because I was worried to have staples again. He assured me many times, that's he'd make sure I was taken care of. Well the day of my c-section came and I was on the table and heard that he was going to put staples in and I FREAKED out. He reassured me that he remembered my concerns and that he was going to use a combination of stitches AND staples. Anyway it was THE EASIEST recovery. Very little pain and I could actually get up or turn on my side with little to no pain from the get-go. It was WONDERFUL!! I only wish it happened the first time around too.

Oh FYI, my c-sections were 12 years apart.

My advice is, just talk to your doc, voice your concerns, make yourself heard, and hopefully you have a good doctor that will LISTEN....it makes a WORLD of difference!

Oh and having the staples taken out is no big deal at all.

Good Luck!!!

Jacqueline - posted on 12/19/2009

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I had staples and I have the ugliest thickest scars ever. I wouldn't recommend them. But they are faster to put in.

Dawn - posted on 12/19/2009

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i had stiches the only problem i had was when thay stared to heel thay got a bit tight but that was all i would have them agen if i had another c/s but thats not going to happen

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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i have had both, with my first son i had dissolvable stiches and had no problems at all. for my second, i had staples. i was terrified to get them out, but i never even felt it. however, i kept telling the nurses that there was a section of my skin that hadn't closed up yet and it would bleed when i stood up and they told me it was normal, and when they took the staples out and i sat up, my entire incision split open and it was like something out of a horror movie. they would not staple me back together, so they left the whole wound open and it took a little over a month and a half to close up. i had to have a nurse come to my house every day for 6 weeks to re- pack my insides with fresh gauze. i had a horrible time trying to take care of an 11 month old and an infant from lying down on the couch. so if you have any concerns, make sure you voice it and dont let them take our your staples until youre on your way to healing! but needless to say i would strongly suggest stitches!

Shaina - posted on 12/19/2009

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i had a baby in july (my first) i had staples and they didnt hurt at all when they took them out but everytime i moved when i had them it pulled it hurt really bad geting in and out of the bed or getting up from sitting down if i could i would have stiches :)

Maureen - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hello!! I'm a registered nurse that works in the operating room and I've had two c-sections myself. For my first section, I had staples to close the skin, and for my second I had my skin closed with Dermabond (it's like liquid bandaid, but stronger). I would recommend the dermabond, because it's just easy!! It may seem odd, but it works great! My dad had open heart surgery and they closed his skin (midline chest incision) with dermabond too. There is also a new stapler out in which the staples dissolve and it's not supposed to leave any sort of mark on your skin, but I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head. I also don't have any feedback from anyone who has used it. I can look when I go to work on Monday and hopefully I'll remember to come back and post the info, if you are interested.

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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I've had 3 c-sections. With the first two I had staples, the last (5 yrs ago) had neither. All I had was steri strips. The staples were removed before I came home and then they put the tape on. Having just the strips just removed a step. You can hardly tell I've had one c-section, let alone three, the scare is so thin and light!

Stephanie - posted on 12/19/2009

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I had both stitches and staples when I had my c section in 2006. I had the stitches that dissolved on their own and having the staples removed was anything but fun I would of gladly choose ANYTHING else like going to the dentist or just leaving them in... If you get to have a say so opt for stitches

User - posted on 12/19/2009

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i have had both 1st child i had staples HURT BAD 2nd,3rd was under stitched much better i could get up easy an walk world of diffrence i say stitches good luck

Ashley - posted on 12/18/2009

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i had stitches, i'm not complaining and i didn't after the surgery. my husband's cousin had staples and she's still kind of in pain, although she did only have the baby 2 weeks ago.

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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I had an emergency c-section with my first daughter and had staples, I personally had no problems with them. I remember they pinched a little when they took them out but other than that no real problems.

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2009

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I had staples and it was no big deal. They took them out just before I left and I didn't have to come back for any sort of care afterwards. I've never had stitches though. I would think that the staples would be the easier of the two.

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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Hey,
I had staples, im not sure exactly how many, the only thing that sucks is when your about to be discharged from the hospital, the nurse comes in and takes them out one by one with no type of topical anesthetic. It pinches a bit but its ok. It takes forever too.

September - posted on 12/18/2009

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I had staples. I did not have any issues and they removed them the day that I was discharged. Not a big deal at all :)

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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After having both the staples were so much easier. They are less painful comming out and don't pull so bad as you heal.

Keri - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have had 2 c-sections, both with staples and no pain with the staples themselves. Good Luck!

Monica - posted on 12/18/2009

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I had dissolving stitches [I believe] in one part and a part that my ob had to rip I had one staple because it was not straight enough.
For either did not have to go back, however, I was there 4 days. I cannot remember when I had the staple out. Both of areas are looking great. If it wasn't for the rip, wouldn't know that I gave birth except for the 2 yrs old running around. But yet again, you can think they are adopted from someone that look like my husband and I. :-) It also depends on your own healing.

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