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Unread 10-21-2006, 07:35 AM
Swelly belly advice

Is there anything one can do to make a swelly belly go away? I've had a TAH on September 7 and I thought by now that my abdomen would return to it's normal size but it hasn't.
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Unread 10-21-2006, 07:40 AM
Swelly belly advice

Me, too! But I've heard it can take a while. I went walking the other night, sweats and a now tight t-shirt, and someone thought I was very pregnant. Very annoying what with no uterus and all. I hope it goes away soon.

Unread 10-21-2006, 11:25 AM
Swelly belly advice

I'm sorry to say that I think the only thing that will fix the swelly belly is time. I'm 14 weeks post-op and still have it. Seems unfair that after taking out a huge uterus and fibroids, that my tummy would be even bigger now!

You can at least take comfort in the fact that you are not alone! You have lots of company in the "swelly belly club"!
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Unread 10-21-2006, 11:25 AM
Swelly belly advice

Hi Ladies
You are still relatively early in the recovery department.
My surgery was last year Oct 4 and it was Christmas before I could wear a pair of dress pants for the whole day and well into March before I could wear my jeans for the whole day.
Tight clothes makes it worse.
Drink lots of fluids, go for a lymphatic drainage massage
Go for walks, eat well.

Wishing you an uneventful recovery,
Unread 10-21-2006, 12:27 PM
Swelly belly advice

I agree with Autumn, it takes ages, and the best thing is rest and not to try to do too much too soon. I still had swelly belly at 6 months plus on busy or very hot days last summer.

The best bit is that it does go and you are feeling so much better! I was lucky enough to have LAVH so just three small scars on my tum. I noticed only today that they are all so faded, you wouldn't know I'd had surgery!

All the best!
Unread 10-21-2006, 12:58 PM
Swelly belly advice

It's good to know that it will go away eventually. But just like JanaBailey said I would have thought that removing the uterus and fibroids the stomach would be much smaller. I go to the doctor on Monday for a check-up and I plan to ask him about it. I will let give you his feedback.
Unread 10-21-2006, 01:48 PM
Swelly belly advice

As much as the removal of your organs should have made your abdomen smaller, the swelling of your internal tissues has made it bigger.
As you heal, the swelling will go away and your tummy will get smaller.
Unread 10-21-2006, 03:39 PM
Swelly belly advice

Thanks Autumn,
I can't wait for that to happen...
Unread 10-21-2006, 04:53 PM
Swelly belly advice

I'm 9 weeks post op and still have it. This past week I returned to work and by the end of the week, my co workers were noticing the swelling. I also had incisional burning and the fatique was terrible.
Unread 10-21-2006, 05:14 PM
Swelly belly advice

My swelling seems to be worse after activity and and later in the day as most sisters have shared. I was wondering if anyone has been using an abdominal binder when they are more active and if this has helped at all?

I read somewhere that this keeps some of the tissue from being irritated when moving around more. Some sisters received one at the hospital, but I know I can pick one up at the drug store.

Any idea if this would help?

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