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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Michael Rothman
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Weight Gain (Definition)

Weight gain is an increase in body weight. This can be a result of increases to muscle mass, increases in body fat, or increases in body fluids like water. Occasionally, weight gain can be a symptom of ...Read more