A post-cesarean wound infection usually develops after undergoing C-section. It is generally caused by a bacterial infection in the site of the surgical incision.
What are the indications?
For a cesarean delivery, it is vital to monitor the appearance of the wound and carefully follow the postoperative instructions given by the doctor.
A doctor should be consulted if any of these signs are present after being released from the healthcare facility:
- Intense abdominal pain
- Swelling and redness at the site of the incision
- Drainage of pus from the incision site
- Fever higher than 100.4 degrees F
- Pain or achiness at the site of the incision that does not settle or worsens
- Pain while urinating
- Vaginal discharge with foul odor
- Leg pain or swelling
- Bleeding that contains large clots
- Bleeding that drenches a feminine pad in an hour
Management of a post-cesarean wound infection
If there is wound cellulitis, antibiotics can clear up the infection. The antibiotics mainly target staphylococcal as well as the streptococcal bacteria. In the healthcare facility, a wound infection is managed using intravenous antibiotics. If treated as an outpatient, prescribed antibiotics are taken at home.
A wound abscess is also managed with antibiotics and require special care. The doctor might open the incision via the infected site and drain the pus. Once thoroughly washed, the doctor will place an antiseptic with gauze over it to prevent the buildup of pus. The wound requires regular inspection to ensure correct healing.
After several days of antibiotics and irrigation, the doctor will check the incision again. At this point, the wound is sealed again or allowed to heal on its own.