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Doctor insights on: Muscle Spasms After Abdominal Surgery

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
1,619 Doctors shared insights

Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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I would like help with information on exploratory abdominal surgery?

I would like help with information on exploratory abdominal surgery?

For what?: Usually some undiagnosed abdominal pain, pressure or symptoms like weight loss, bowel dysfunction.

Sometimes called exploratory when diagnosis is between appendicitis, ileitis, crohn's, tubal issues etc.
Basically looking for a diagnosis, and correction of the problem ...Read more

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What are side effects after abdominal surgery?

What are side effects after abdominal surgery?

Varies greatly: Depending on what surgery was done. There are pain side effects, nausea & constipation side effects from pain medication, sleeplessness from discomfort, tiredness & weakness temporarily, risks of infection depending on the operation, lack of apoetite is common, no heavy work or exercise for some weeks, etc. Very dependent on what operation was done. ...Read more

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After 6-8 weeks after abdominal surgery? Can I masturbate?

After 6-8 weeks after abdominal surgery? Can I masturbate?

It's ok: After 6-8 weeks from surgery there shouldn't be any reason why you can't masterbate from a healing perspective from surgery. ...Read more

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How to reduce bloating after abdominal surgery?

How to reduce bloating after abdominal 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

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How can I heal a root chakra after a C-section and 3 hours of major abdominal surgery?

How can I heal a root chakra after a C-section and 3 hours of major abdominal surgery?

Faith healing: You would probably be better served by visiting a religious website Medicine is based on science and evidence no chakras in real medicine ...Read more

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I had a right colectomy with open abdominal surgery. Why did they gave me a horizontal cut next to my belly button?

I had a right colectomy with open abdominal surgery. Why did they gave me a horizontal cut next to my belly button?

Depends: I do not know why you had colon surgery. Some surgeons trained with performing a transverse incision for right colon surgery. It may be a personal preference of the surgeon, or your type of condition was best suited for that incision. Your surgeon would be able to better inform you as to reasons for a type of incision. ...Read more

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If I was prescribed 40mg of prednisone for 1week and have abdominal surgery in late March, will that effect surgery?

If I was prescribed 40mg of prednisone for 1week and have abdominal surgery in late March, will that effect surgery?

No: Your body will have excreted any remnants of the prednisone within days and any bodily effects will have normalized within a couple of weeks. You should be good-to-go for surgery. Good Luck! ...Read more

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What would this indicate? A friend just had abdominal surgery. The doctor said he found 100's of tiny white dots on the inside of the abdominal wall. What could that be?

What would this indicate? A friend just had abdominal surgery. The doctor said he found 100's of tiny white dots on the inside of the abdominal wall. What could that be?

This: This will be a difficult question to answer without additional information. It's possible that this could represent infection, but it could also be something called peritoneal spread of tumor. What was the nature of your friend's operation? Was it elective or emergent? Does he or she have a history of cancer? Was there a suspicion of infection before surgery? Does your patient have a history of medical problems? ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about exploratory abdominal surgery?

Can you tell me more about exploratory abdominal surgery?

Explore: It is exploratory mean they open to look and find out what it could be wrong in cases that regular x ray and ct scan does not show anything
now it could be done via laparoscope. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: abdominal surgery?

What is the definition or description of: abdominal surgery?

Abdominal surgery: Abdominal surgery is an operation performed on the abdominal contents or organs. It may be an open incision surgery or laparoscopic surgery. It could also involve abdominal wall surgery such as hernias. Many organs may need to be treated with abdominal surgery such as liver, spleen, gallbladder, small intestine, colon or large intestine & many different diseases may require abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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When to remove sutures after abdominal surgery?

When to remove sutures after abdominal surgery?

Abdominal Sutures: After abdominal surgery, many surgeons will remove the skin sutures (or skin staples) after about 7 days. Many times, after they remove these sutures, they might place small tapes, or steri-strips, across the skin edges, to further reenforce the wound for a few more days. ...Read more

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Is it bad to laugh after abdominal surgery?

Is it bad to laugh after abdominal surgery?

No: May be uncomfortable at times but not "bad" for you. ...Read more

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Bloating and numbess after abdominal surgery, should I be concerned?

Bloating and numbess after abdominal surgery, should I be concerned?

Yes and no: If the surgery was recent no that is very normal soon you start ambulating more and start passing gas and having more normal bowel movement the bloating will subsided
if it have been a while depend on your symptoms if the bloating making you sick and start vomiting you need to go to the er or see your physician make sure you do not have any kind of obstruction. ...Read more

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Abdominal surgery 10 weeks ago - electric shock pain now. What's going on?

Abdominal surgery 10 weeks ago - electric shock pain now. What's going on?

Uncertain: Would need to know more information such as what type of surgery, what type of incision, where are the pains, when do the pains occur, any nausea or vomiting? Some pains later after surgery can be healing skin nerves. See your surgeon for an exam if it persists. ...Read more

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When a suture knot is visible below the skin several months after abdominal surgery are there any non surgical methods to make it less visible?

When a suture knot is visible below the skin several months after abdominal surgery are there any non surgical methods to make it less visible?

ASK or SEE Surgeon: Suture material can be absorbable or not absorbable. Absorbable suture is usually 'taken up by the body' in the matter of weeks to months. You may just have to wait a little longer.
Of course non -absorbable suture will always be there (holding things together), sorry. ...Read more

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Normally how long after open abdominal surgery for gallbladder removal before yoga and light cardio workouts can resume without causing more pain?

Normally how long after open abdominal surgery for gallbladder removal before yoga and light cardio workouts can resume without causing more pain?

Consult your surgeon: I recommend that you consult your surgeon about the risk and befits of the surgery as well as what to expect for outcome and recovery. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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I had abdominal surgery 24 hours ago but I am still very very thirsty is this normal?

I had abdominal surgery 24 hours ago but I am still very very thirsty is this normal?

Can be: It is important after surgery to stay well hydrated and drink extra fluids for a few days. It can be normal to need extra fluids after surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about intestinal adhesions - serious ones - the form after multiple abdominal surgery?

Can you tell me about intestinal adhesions - serious ones - the form after multiple abdominal surgery?

Scar tissue: Scar tissue can form after any abdominal surgery. The more abdominal surgeries one has had and the more complex the surgery the more serious the adhesions. Adhesions can cause other problems such as Bowel obstructions, bloating, abdominal pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are findings for someone who takes a diuretic and a beta blocker for hypertension and is having abdominal surgery?

What are findings for someone who takes a diuretic and a beta blocker for hypertension and is having abdominal surgery?

Review your: Plans and medications in detail with your surgeon & your anesthesiologist. Be sure your primary care physician agrees it is safe for you to have surgery. Important not to stop the beta blocker before surgery & your doctors will want to continue it right after surgery. Want to be sure your potassium level is good before surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have low hemoglobin after major abdominal surgery?

Is it normal to have low hemoglobin after major abdominal surgery?

Yes: Depends on what the major surgery was. Surgery itself can naturally result in some blood loss and the body recovering from the surgical stress may take longer to build new red blood cells. Ask your surgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What to do to get the veterans administration or medi-care to give me a reconstructive abdominal surgery?

What to do to get the veterans administration or medi-care to give me a reconstructive abdominal surgery?

VAMC: Can only do this surgery if you: 1. Have a specific service connected condition that requires this type of surgical procedure (service connection must be determined by VA) or if you have a 100% disability. ...Read more

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How long does it take to pass flatus after an abdominal surgery?

How long does it take to pass flatus after an abdominal surgery?

Recovery support: Constipation after surgery is very common. The anesthetic meds, the immobility, the narcotic pain meds all work to slow the bowel. Walking, hydration, laxatives will help with flatus and bowels moving. Okay to call into your surgery team, go to your post op appointment. ...Read more

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Can anything help to reduce the pain of co2 after abdominal surgery?

Walk: The best way to get rids of the gas pains after laparoscopic surgery is to walk, walk, walk. Should get better within a day or so. ...Read more

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How great is the risk for nerve pain/damage with major abdominal surgery?

How great is the risk for nerve pain/damage with major abdominal surgery?

Nerve damage: Nerve damage risk depends on location of surgery, preop risks (i.e. Previous surgery, weight of patient, h/o diabetes?) and surgical skill. Where is the surgery planned and with whom?
Consult with us if need further help. ...Read more

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Please answer! What percentage of women form adhesions after abdominal surgery?

Please answer! What percentage of women form adhesions after abdominal surgery?

Any operation: Or infection or inflammation can cause adhesions. Severity and amount of adhesions would depend on each individual case. ...Read more

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I had to back to back abdominal surgery. I'm a soccer player. After how many weeks can I return to the field?

I had to back to back abdominal surgery. I'm a soccer player. After how many weeks can I return to the field?

Post op care: You should typically wait at least 8 weeks post op before returning to physical activity. It also depends on what you had done? Was it open or laparoscopic? And always check with your surgeon. Feel better soon ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Abdominal Surgery (Definition)

Abdominal surgery is an operation performed on the abdominal contents or organs. It may be an open incision surgery or laparoscopic surgery. It could also involve abdominal wall surgery such as hernias. Many organs may need to be treated with abdominal surgery such as liver, spleen, gallbladder, small intestine, colon or large intestine & many different diseases ...Read more


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more