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Swelling After 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
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
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
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
How long does swelling and bruising take to go down after abdominal surgery (laparoscopy including diathermy and appendectomy)?
A couple of weeks: If it's longer, there could be ongoing bleeding. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
What to do to get the veterans administration or medi-care to give me a reconstructive abdominal surgery?
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
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
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
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
How long does it take for a person to completely recover from abdominal surgery if staples and surtures were involved?
My 18 staples were recently removed from an abdominal surgery incision. What may I put on to alleviate the urge to scratch?
Sttches icth: Try a cortisone cream and remember itching is a sign of healing. ...Read more
I have a hematoma from abdominal surgery, it's been 5 weeks and I am still soar and the hematoma is still here. Should I worry?
Not so much: Most likely will absorb but does time. Now if bothers you go back to the surgeon ...Read more
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
Normally how long after open abdominal surgery for gallbladder removal before yoga and light cardio workouts can resume without causing more pain?
If I was prescribed 40mg of prednisone for 1week and have abdominal surgery in late March, will that effect 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
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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