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Doctor insights on: Abdominal Fluid Retention After Surgery

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Tips on eliminating fluid retention after surgery?

Tips on eliminating fluid retention after surgery?

Activity: If allowed get up and move. If not allowed to get up, move as allowed. Reduce your salt. Do not hold your bladder. Go urinate as often and as soon as you feel the need. If an extremity, elevate the limb as needed. Reduce or cut out caffeine. At some doses caffeine with cause retention of fluid and at other levels it will be a diuretic. If this does not work your doctor can give you a diuretic. ...Read more

Dr. Aiman Shammas
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Fluid Retention (Definition)

It denotes the presence of excessive water in intravascular space - vessels & interstitial space - among cells, due to poor automatic water movement and distribution by poor perfusion by low BP from hydration or/+ weak heart, poor osmotic pressure from malnutrition, poor water excretion from kidneys, & poor lymphatic drainage. More? Ask your doctor or contact me; I ...Read more


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I'm having fluid retention after gum graft surgery. Why is this happening?

I'm having fluid retention after gum graft surgery. Why is this happening?

Inflammation: Controlled inflammation is a normal and necessary process of healing. Wound healing required vasodilation of blood vessel and neovascular genesis to activate chemotaxis of the inflammatory cells. Inflammation is considered as a primary mechanism of innate immunity, referred to as the nonspecific immune system or the first line of defense. It is considered noral within the first two weeks. ...Read more

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I recently fractured my right humerus and had surgery 4 days ago. I notice alot of fluid retention today. Is this normal? And I still have lot of pain

I recently fractured my right humerus and had surgery 4 days ago. I notice alot of fluid retention today. Is this normal? And I still have lot of pain

Pretty normal: Hi. Ouch, you poor thing! Yes pain and swelling are quite to be expected 4 days after the surgery. Was it a low trauma fracture? If yes, consider asking your doc to get a bone densitometry study (DXA, DEXA). If it was a high trauma appropriate fracture, disregard that. Keep the arm elevated to help reduce the swelling. Take your pain meds; if you have constipation with them, take psyllium and/or s ...Read more

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What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

It depends: The lungs can retain fluid because the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs is high. This can be because of volume overload - too much fluid in the body, or because the heart needs higher pressures to fill. It can also be because the blood vessels of the lung are leakier due to inflammation after surgery. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to reduce abdominal fluid retention?

Cause?: The cause of fluid retention should be determined first. In general, fluid retention may slow down with salt and fluid intake restriction. ...Read more

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Premenstrual syndrome. What are the physical manifestations. Is bloating in abdomen and fluid retention in body one of it?

It can be: Please see your gyn, your gyn can get you on meds to help with your symptomes and to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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How dangerous is excessive fluid retention and abdominal swelling?

How dangerous is excessive fluid retention and abdominal swelling?

It can be: Excessive fluid retention can be the result of a benign process such the result of a diet resulting in a lot of gasseous abdominal distention or fluid retention due to excessive salt. However, it can also be due to serious medical conditions that effect fluid balance such as heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure. Although rare in this country, severe protein calorie malnutrition is a caus. ...Read more

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What causes abdominal swelling other than fluid retention, gas and fat?

What causes abdominal swelling other than fluid retention, gas and fat?

Intestinal: Obstruction, urinary obstruction, abnormal organ enlargement, malignancy, to name a few. ...Read more

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Since my abdominal surgery I've been retaining water horribly. What is the best/safest way to get rid of water retention and bloating? Can you?

Since my abdominal surgery I've been retaining water horribly. What is the best/safest way to get rid of water retention and bloating? Can you?

Several causes...: Your fluid retention may be from the intravenous fluids you received during your operation and recovery. You may also be (relatively), malnourished, with decreased protein stores which can also cause swelling. Follow up with your surgeon. Good luck, feel better. ...Read more

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I am awaiting surgery for an abdominal hernia. However, I'm experiencing pain, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Could the hernia be getting worse?

I am awaiting surgery for an abdominal hernia. However, I'm experiencing pain, bloating, nausea, and fatigue. Could the hernia be getting worse?

Yes but...: Those are pretty common symptoms and could be caused by many straight forward issues like constipation or gallbladder issues. If the pain is at the hernia site see your surgeon to evaluate. ...Read more

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Will the green laser prostate treatment eliminate bladder fluid retention? I'm due in surgery next tuesday.

Will the green laser prostate treatment eliminate bladder fluid retention? I'm due in surgery next tuesday.

Hopefully: Green laser should remove obstructing prostatic tissue so the bladder can empty more easily, this in turn should correct the urinary retention. ...Read more

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58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

58 y male being treated for hf stage 3 post mi 2013. Have all usual symptoms except no leg swelling. Is it poss to have hf but no fluid retention?

Here are some. ..: Known to most, every life event including illness is always a process of lifelong making and, as well, displays itself as a process of full spectrum; so, does hf and yours is expected as you have been experiencing. Besides, it would be helpful to realize life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, and continuation. ...Read more

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Could widespread inflammation cause fluid retention?

Yes: Any acute or chronic inflammatory disorder can cause fluid retention by several mechanisms. This generally is secondary to reductions in the serum Albumin level secondary to decreased production, liver disease, renal disease with protein excretion, and protein loss through the gastrointestinal tract. When the protein loss is significant fluid retention (edema) is present. ...Read more

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How effective is the moringa plant for treating fluid retention?

Moringa Plant: This traditional medicinal plant has been used for this purpose in cultures that are sub-Himalayan and in certain tropical areas – but I have no personal experience with it. ...Read more

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What causes fluid retention and weight gain?

Hormones, salt: Hormones affect fluid retention. In the week before menses many women get fluid retention. Salt intake can also affect how much fluid your body retains. Other more obscure causes are related to serious diseases such as heart failure, nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease), severe malnutrition, peripheral vascular disease. If one leg is swollen, I would worry about a blood clot. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

How do you know if you have fluid retention in your leg?

Fluid retention: Fluid retention causes swelling that increases with gravitation (eg leg swelling after standing for long period of time). It is symmetric and dimples when pressed upon. Also, weight will fluctuate rapidly when caused by fluid retention. Notably, there are many other causes for leg swelling, and if occurring in one leg only, then likely not fluid. ...Read more

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What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

What could cause fluid retention and thyroid fluctuation?

Thyroid: Hypothyroidism can cause fluid retention. Sometimes thyroid problems are associated with other autoimmune disorders affecting kidneys. This would cause fluid retention as well. Certain GI problems like celiac disease could also lead to malabsorption which could cause fluctuation in fluid status. ...Read more

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By which mechanism metoclopramide causing fluid retention?

Not fully Understood: According to PDR fact sheet, see attached, Metoclopramide may cause fluid retention in some cases, its mechanism for such action is not fully understood, as are its effects on pregnancy. Pl consult doctor/OB as needed before starting this medication. ...Read more

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What mechanism causes fluid retention with gabapentin?

What mechanism causes fluid retention with gabapentin?

Not sure: The mechanism is unclear, but commonly patients will have 2-3 pounds of water retention that will be seen as ankle/foot swelling and will resolve within a few days of stopping the medication. ...Read more

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Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

No, not low sodium.: High (not low) sodium intake will lead to fluid retention. If you are retaining fluid and following a low salt diet, there may be other causes that need to be investigated, such as kidney, heart, liver, thyroid health. Malnutrition can also lead to fluid retention as can blood clots or leaky veins. Check with your doctor who can examine you and order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How to reduce or eliminate fluid retention for CHF patients?

How to reduce or eliminate fluid retention for CHF patients?

Restrict salt: Salt intake causes fluid retention. Heart failure patients need to monitor the amount of salt in the foods they consume. The salt intake should be no more than 2-4 grams daily, less if someone has severe failure. Fluid intake also needs to be restricted to 1.5 liters per day or less, depending on the doctor's recommendation. ...Read more

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Is there a way to quickly get rid of bloating and fluid retention?

Is there a way to quickly get rid of bloating and fluid retention?

WRONG QUESTION: You really should focus on why there is bloating and fluidn retention. This is appropriate to take up with your dr. ...Read more

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Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

Can not eating enough calories cause fluid retention and constipation?

Starvation?: There is no long-term substitution for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Very simplistically, weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Diet modification often results in GI & non-GI manifestations, but perhaps you need some guidance. Ask your doctor at this time for a check-up & his/her advice. ...Read more

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I have fluid retention by prednisone, is there something against that??

Review meds and labs: Among other causes, fluid retention can also be an effect of sodium intake and/or amlodipine. Alternative medications in your case maybe limited. Discuss this with your doctor but it is very important you only stop, start or change medication dosage or make changes in diet under the close supervision of your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would any food allergy cause severe fluid retention like the photo above?

Would any food allergy cause severe fluid retention like the photo above?

Fluid: I specialize in fluid issues. Lets do 2nd opinion and you can send pictures. Otherwise cannot see them. ...Read more

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Why do people with COPD tend to have fluctuating weight gain and fluid retention?

Why do people with COPD tend to have fluctuating weight gain and fluid retention?

Steroids: Patients with COPD do not normally do that unless they are on and off steroids, pills or injections. ...Read more