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Second Cesarean, 2 Separate Incisions? (Anonymous)

I gave birth to my 2nd son via c-section on 11/12. I just had a chance to really get a good look at myself and noticed that I have 2 separate scars. Everyone I talk to says that my doctor didn’t know what he was doing, that he should have cut along the previous incision. Does anyone know if this is normal?





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  • Samantha Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 3:09 pm

    I 2 have had 2 c-sections. My doctor cut on the other c-section so i only have 1 scar. Maybe you had to much scar tissue and it was easier to cut in a different spot? anyways you look great!

  • Jodi Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 3:10 pm

    My SIL has had 5 c-sections and 3 of hers they made a separate incision. The last one thankfully they went in and cut out all the old scars and made a completely new but neater one.

    I think it depends on your body and how the last incision healed. You should ask your doctor. I am sure there was a reason he didn’t go through the old one.

  • kelly09 Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 3:25 pm

    I’m not a medical expert, but I don’t think that they are supposed to cut along the same scar, but rather parallel to it…
    Either way, you look fantastic for just birthing a babe!

  • Jennifer Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 4:12 pm

    That is extremely weird! I went to 2 docs in 2 different states and they BOTH told me they would use the same scar. They also both told me they would remove scar tissue from that last surgery.

    I would call the doctor and ask, WHY!?!?!?

  • Anna Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 4:14 pm

    I’ve only had one c-section, but I from what I know about scar tissue- it’s extremely difficult to cut through and often gets in the way. It appears that your OB tried to cut along the previous incision so the scaring wouldn’t be so noticable (maybe?)

  • Eva Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 4:15 pm

    Are you sure that there are two separate scars in your body? I think there is only one… I had one C-section and my scar looked just like yours ten days pospartum…

  • Jolene Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 5:41 pm

    I had 2 c-sections and i also have two scares!My doctor told me that they would cut on the first scare but once i looked i saw that it was a new cut. By the way you look great!

  • Amy Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 6:22 pm

    Not if there was too much scar tissue which would have made it impossible to close properly afterwards.

  • Christina Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 8:03 pm

    Hi! My Tummy too looked like yours after I had my 1st C section, I didnt know what in the world had happened. BUT after a couple of weeks the “bump” fades its something about how they stitched you back together on the INSIDE, its like putting the wrongsides together and sewing them on the inside, hope that made sense. You Dr knew what he was doing :) Or he wouldnt be a Dr!

  • Susy Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 9:33 pm

    ive never had a csection but im pretty sure they ususally excise the first scar. i think something went haywire here. i wonder if they wud fix it for u..
    if not, well once its healed completely itll look tons better. u wont have that little bubble there anymore.
    ur belly looks great tho! btw.

  • Berni Thursday, December 11, 2008, 6:27 am

    hi, i’m not sure about your question. i just wanted to say OMG you look great!! congrats.

  • Danielle Thursday, December 11, 2008, 7:28 am

    First I would discuss with your dr how he did the insicion and why there are 2. I’ve had 3 c’sectons and only 1 scar, as he did the insicion on the other scar and removed any underlying scar tissue.

  • Kristine Thursday, December 11, 2008, 12:53 pm

    This is up to the doctor – remember that there are alot of nerves where the incission is made. It is not unusal to make to cuts. This is often done to protect you from numbness in the scar-zone.

  • Sarah Thursday, December 11, 2008, 1:49 pm

    I also had two c-sections. My doctor also made a new incision. He had told me before I had my second child that he was going to go over the same scar. So I was surprised to find that I had another scar. So I assume he meant above my original scar. So not sure if that helps but I guess it is normal for some docs.

  • Alexis Thursday, December 11, 2008, 8:54 pm

    I’ve never had a c/s but to my knowledge, the dr. makes the same incision and removes scar tissue and closes up the same incision. You shouldn’t have two.

  • m.s. Friday, December 12, 2008, 6:24 am

    Absolutely, you often need to make a second. The problem is that the initial scaring is not just on the outside, it’s also on the inside. It’s not unlikely for the initial scar to adhere to your bowel. In such cases, when you try to go through the first incision (which by the way is much tougher than going through a new region – think grizzle on a steak), you’ll potentially cut into the adhered to organ – AND THEN THE SURGEON HAS A REAL PROBLEM.

  • Katie Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:29 am

    I have had three cesareans and I have two scars but two doctors. My first child had a different doctor than my last two children. The second doctor made a new incision for my 2nd child and followed it for my 3rd child.

    Maybe if you had two different doctors is why the 2nd one made his own incision… just a thought. Your incision looks pretty good btw.

  • Michaelene Friday, December 12, 2008, 2:35 pm

    Congratulations! What a wonderful gift to receive right before the Holiday Season.

    I’ve had two c-sections. My ob has actually cut me 3 times – the very first time was to take a cyst off one of my ovaries (I was actually 4 months pregnant with my first). He “took the old scar out” as it was very ropy. When I went in for my second c-section, he again took out the previous scar tissue as it was really ropy and tough. If I was you, I would have the conversation with your Dr. and find out why he chose to not take the previous scar out. It may very well be that your scars heal up nicely and there was no reason to. I think every woman’s body is different in the way they scar and you might be one of the lucky ones.
    Your belly looks fantastic, by the way! I can’t believe it’s only been a month – you look GREAT!

  • mommy Friday, December 12, 2008, 6:16 pm

    I dont think this is the most common way they do it. My mom had three c-sections and only has one scar…and her last one was seventeen years ago.

  • me Saturday, December 13, 2008, 5:19 am

    I had 2 c-sections and you can see the first line a little bit because the 2nd c-section line wasnt straight.

  • registered nurse Saturday, December 13, 2008, 7:39 am

    It could be that there was too much scar tissue under the old incision to use that same spot…

  • Lexi Saturday, December 13, 2008, 3:10 pm

    That is what I would think to, but then looking at your previous scar, it looks as if you have a keloid scar. The same thing happened to me too, I’ve only had one c/s but it has turned into a keloid too. Maybe the dr didn’t want to cut thru it again, as to not to disturb it.

  • Ashley Saturday, December 13, 2008, 9:26 pm

    So because he’s a doctor I would hope he knew what he was doing. Why don’t you ask your family practitioner what they think? Repeat cesareans can be tricky (thats the word on the block).Maybe he had his reasons?

  • Maijken Sunday, December 14, 2008, 4:36 am

    I’d pretty normal. I have 2 or maybe 3 incisions. I’d have to take a picture and take a look. sometimes they don’t like reopening the same scar over and over. it makes the muscles and nerves weaker.

  • Tasha Sunday, December 14, 2008, 11:22 am

    Hey, I dunno. that one on the top doesn’t look all the way across ya know?

  • Alisha Sunday, December 14, 2008, 11:43 am

    I have had two c-sections and they made my second incision slightly above the other one. That is how they normally do it, because scar tissue is rougher to cut through/harder to heal. Everyone I know who has had more than one c-section has had the same experience. Congratulations on your babies!

  • I-dra Sunday, December 14, 2008, 3:53 pm

    well, i’ve been trying to find some information about this for you. it looks like everyone else is stumped, too. i think if i were you, i’d be pretty angry & would want to bring this up with my OB. perhaps you could choose less confrontational, more subservient words (i’ve found this to be effective when airing grievances) such as “i noticed that i have 2 incisions, but i’ve never seen that done before, is this a new method?” anything in order to find out her/his REASON behind cutting another incision. study, learn everything you can, arm yourself with facts, join ICAN, then make the doctor feel as if the power is on their end. they will be more likely to open up to you if they feel superior to you. then share with us, because i would like to know, too.

  • Renée Monday, December 15, 2008, 12:13 pm

    Yes, it’s completely normal. My dr couldn’t cut directly over my previous scar because the tissue was too dense and said a new scar would heal faster than an existing scar re-opened. Your belly looks wonderful already :).

  • SMW1 Monday, December 15, 2008, 12:46 pm

    I have had 3 c-sections and I have 3 scars. I do think it’s normal, scar tissue is harder to cut through and harder to heal than regualr tissue.

  • Beth Monday, December 15, 2008, 2:17 pm

    This is because if your previous incision was too tough with scar tissue, there would have bee a harder time cutting it back open. that’s why he did another incision.

  • Kim Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 11:33 pm

    I also looked just like that after my second c-section. I thought maybe there was another scar, but it turned out that there was only one scar and the area just looked weird for a little while. Are you positive you have two scars?

  • Care Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 9:20 pm

    Hi there! I think you look great!
    I just wanted to add my own experience. I’ve had 2 c-sections as well.
    My first c-section I got a horrible keloid scar out if it. It looked terrible.
    So when I had my 2nd c-section, I asked my dr.(same dr. for both) if he could remove the keloid scar incision and do a new one altogether. He said that he would!
    My 2nd scar came out great and I cant even see it hardly!
    My dr. did tell me beforehand that my 2nd c-section scar could end up being a keloid scar again, maybe worse.. or maybe better. He said it was up to me, and I wanted to take that chance. I’m glad I did! So I do only have one scar, but he cut away the old one because we talked it over before hand.

  • becky Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 7:46 pm

    yep, its normal. Ive got two. At first I was upset. But once they healed, I was happy to have two! I can see where both my babies came from seperately!

  • Linn Saturday, February 7, 2009, 12:58 pm

    I have two scars as well. But the reasons for the different scars is because of the positions of each of my kids when I had my c-sections. With my son I had been induced, but nothing ever happened, although he did descend slightly, the doc cut very low. With my second c/s to have my daughter it was a scheduled c-section, and she had not descended yet and going through the previous incision could of created other problems, just by the way I carried her so much differently than my son. My son is now 6 1/2, my daughter 14 months and the only reason I even noticed the two different scars is because I can feel the scar tissue under my skin. My husband even has a hard time finding both lines when looking for two different lines. :)

    When I go in to have our third child, when/if it happens my doc said he’ll see what he can do about removing both scar areas I currently have and replacing them with just one….I just have to get to that point first.

  • cindy Saturday, February 7, 2009, 11:09 pm

    I have had three c-sections and I have three separate scars parrallel to each other.

  • april Thursday, February 19, 2009, 7:11 pm

    I also have two scars and it left a little lippy of skin between them that .. hmm how to explain, it looks like the skin is pinched I guess.
    Normally they will use the old scar but they don’t have to and in some cases it is undesirable because it may be more trouble than its worth. In my case, my first c-section was done after my son was head down heading into the birth canal for hours, so he was low, they cut as low as possible, got him and tada! Two years later I had a preemie, they were not going to drag him down that low, they went a bit higher so they could be more gentle getting him out. My scars are probably less than an inch apart now but before healing they seemed way far apart.

  • kc Monday, February 1, 2010, 3:15 am

    ive had 3 c-sections by 3 different surgeons & ive only got the one scar.

  • sharon Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:24 pm

    i have 2 scars about 3 and an half years between them and they still hurt. Is that normal and why 2 scars? Doctor told me to lose 2 stone and that would help but 2 stone lighter and still it hurts!! one side the skin is so tight what can be done about it???? I feel the doctor is brushing me off!!!

  • Maddy Friday, January 11, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I had 5 csections and if they did give u a new scar was it higher then ur previous cause if yes that mean previous was to low an to close to uterus

  • maninder Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:30 pm

    hi everybody, i had only one c section n nw i want to hv another baby. but iam very scared.with all ur experiences pls tell that whether it is right to have the cut on other place or on the same previous scar. which one heals better? iam 20 kg overweight above my normal weight. should i reduce my wt also?

  • kerri Thursday, September 12, 2013, 2:31 am

    I had 2 c sections over same scar I’m having my 3rd dunno were it will be and I hate my bottom of my belly it sags

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