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How To Reduce Abdominal Swelling After Surgery
Depends: Open or laparoscopic surgery? Gas from laparoscopic surgery, even though it is removed, leaves a full bloated feeling & resolves in a few days. If open surgery then eat small light foods, more liquids than sold foods, minimize narcotic pain medications, take a mild laxative if constipated. Walk around more. Try warm heat on the abdomen. ...Read more
An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more
Time: It takes awhile for all the excess water that accumulates in your tissues during pregnancy to leave the body. Typically the majority of the swelling should be gone in 3 weeks. Exercise can help. Compression stockings and garmets can help a women feel better as well. Some gals take epsom salt baths as well. ...Read more
Post-op complaints: Did you have a menisectomy (removal) or a meniscal repair? - pain and swelling a month after surgery are not unheard of by any means, but it is also possible that you are overdoing it. I suggest you speak with your surgeon and/ or physical therapist about your concerns. In the meanwhile, at home, you can use rest, ice, compression, elevation, tens (if prescribed), and/or nsaids for pain & swelling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots of things: Ice it a lot. Get a knee sleeve ice machine and use it when ever you are sitting down or resting for the first 6-12 weeks. I can't stress how much these ice machine sleeves help. Bregg makes a great machine. I believe it is called polar tec. Do lots of isometric quadriceps contractions. Elevate it when your not walking around. Ice after any activity for 10-20 minutes. Where a compression sock. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does swelling and bruising take to go down after abdominal surgery( laparoscopy including diathermy and appendectomy)?
Cut calories: To lose weight , you have to cut calories and avoid eating specific foods that are known to interfere with weight loss. Fructose and hight fructose corn syrup are big offenders. Some people have wheat or dairy intolerance and they need to avoid these item from the diet. There is not magic pill to weight loss. Appetite control can be gotten with neurotransmitter balance. www.neurosciencemyths.com. ...Read more
Swelling is normal: You are suppose to have swelling after liposuction. During the first few days the area of liposuction appears bigger than before the surgery. Around the fifth day it reaches the original size. Around 70% of the swelling is gone by four weeks. It can take four months or longer for all the swellings to be gone. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Head not neck elevat: To minimize immediate postoperative swelling for the first several nights it is essential to sleep with your head elevated above the level of your heart. It is important not to tuck your chin or flex your neck which can actually make the swelling in your face worse by kinking the neck veins causing an outflow obstruction. So avoid a pillow under your head and use more of a wedge for your back/head. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Will i experience swelling and bruising after breast reduction? How much swelling and bruising can I expect after breast reduction, and how long will it last?
How long should bloating last for following keyhole surgery to remove ovarian cyst? And are there any ways to reduce the bloating?
No: Your "bloating" most likely is due to retained gas inside the intra-abdominal cavity and not due to typical "gas pains". This retained gas should be expected to get reabsorbed within the next 24-48 hours following surgery. ...Read more
How long after a laproscopic surgery will the swelling & gas diminish? I'm 72hrs post-op and still swollen and have terrible gas pain. Thank you.
Gas pains: There are two types of gas pains after laparoscopic surgery. The first is the co2 dissipating through the tissues which causes shoulder discomfort in most cases. This generally dissipates within 3 to 4 days. The other type of gas pain is the pain from your intestines waking up and this can last up to a week as your bowels try to regulate themselves and get back to normal. This letter type is associated with abdominal distention and/or bloating. Do any of walking and try to minimize narcotic use. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
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