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How long does it take for the swelling to go down in abdominal surgery?

How long does it take for the swelling to go down in abdominal surgery?

Depends: What was the surgery? How long was the operation? Was it open or laparoscopic surgery? Generally several days to a week or more may be needed depending on all of the above. Eat light, avoid constipation, contact your surgeon for concerns or problems like increasing pain or recurrent vomiting. ...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


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Does anyone have a suggestion on how to reduce abdominal swelling after surgery?

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to reduce abdominal swelling after surgery?

Ice and elevation: The best ways to reduce swelling are applying ice and elevation, if that is possible. Generally, it just takes time for swelling to reolve - normally 4 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of abdominal swelling after surgery?

Can you tell me how to get rid of abdominal swelling after surgery?

Time: Presuming you are referring to an abdominal operation, I commonly hear from patients that their abdomen is swollen for weeks after the operation despite the fact that they don't look swollen to me. The patient however is a much better judge about their abdominal girth than me. What I do know is that it is common, and resolves without treatment. Severe cases may require more investigation however. ...Read more

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How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

Compression: Lymphedema is cause impaired circulation of lymph. Normally the compression of muscles propels the lymph through lymphatic system, however if the is obstruction it need extra help. That can from compression stockings, lymphatic massage, or compression boots or pumps that inflate. All of these things give an extra boost to lymph circulation. ...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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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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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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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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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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Can you tell me more about abdominal surgery recovery time for elderly?

Can you tell me more about abdominal surgery recovery time for elderly?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will for any surgery will vary depending on several factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...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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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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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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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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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 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?

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

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How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?

How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?

6 months: Most people return to normal activity 4-6 weeks after abdominal surgery, but complete healing of the tissues takes up to 6 months. ...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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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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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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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