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A 78-year-old male asked:

Should i lbe having any abdominal pain 2 months after laparotomy for small bowel obstruction?

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Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Not really: Would return to your surgeon and review the situation with him.
Dr. John Crews
Aesthetic Medicine 25 years experience
No, you should not.: Your pain could be coming from adhesions which is essentially scar tissue that develops around your intestines after surgery. You could also have developed a hernia in your incision. Lastly, sometimes as the incision contracts (heals), the sutures used to close your abdomen can cause superficial abdominal pain. I would need to know what the surgery was for and what took place intraoperatively.
Dr. Daniel Mckenna
General Surgery 23 years experience
Pain: Laparotomies take a long time to heal. As your activity increases, it's not unusual to have somewhat increased pain as the suture pulls on the muscle. If the pain is horrendous, not improving, or accompanied by changes in your bowel habits, seek medical care. As a surgeon, i believe adhesions rarely cause pain.

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Last updated Jan 19, 2019

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