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Old 08-03-2007, 02:04 AM
 
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I find it very interesting that many OBs say that they cannot find the previous uterine scar when doing a RCS (they prefer to cut through the original scar). This makes me think that they are not going to be able to find anything with their hands that they can't even see with their eyes. It also reminds us just how well the body heals itself. The outside scar heals much differently than the internal scar.
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congrats on the vbac babz! Did you OB say why she checked?

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My OB did this, and it did not hurt. Make sure he "scrubs" first, though, to reduce the risk of infection. It probably is a good idea, especially if you think you might have another child.
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It probably is a good idea, especially if you think you might have another child
I'm wondering why you would want this done? None of the studies I could find showed ANY benefit to the practice and most showed it could (and does) cause problems. Did your OB give a specific reason for an internal check? Were you bleeding too much or was there retained placenta?

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And on a totally non-medical, non-academic, level...the thought of having some OB do an internal "spot check" of my uterus is just so unbelievably icky that...well...ugh.
Oh, totally agreed! It's like a manual D&C or something. Just.....ew.
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congrats on the vbac babz! Did you OB say why she checked?
Thanks! I'm still totally high from the experience. No, she didn't tell me why, only that my scar felt good.

Interestingly, I had a big discussion w/her when I was about 28 weeks pregnant about my birth plan but did not address this. She was very respectful of my birth plan, so I imagine if I had asked her NOT to check, she would have respected that. She is very flexible.
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: good to know... thanks
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I find it very interesting that many OBs say that they cannot find the previous uterine scar when doing a RCS (they prefer to cut through the original scar). This makes me think that they are not going to be able to find anything with their hands that they can't even see with their eyes. It also reminds us just how well the body heals itself. The outside scar heals much differently than the internal scar.
With my last section the OB mentioned he couldn't find the incision. There was, according to him, a LOT of scar tissue...but scar tissue is scar tissue...if he can't see the CUT, I'm not really losing much sleep over rupture risks.

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