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Painful Gas After Surgery???? Painful Gas After Surgery????

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Unread 01-23-2004, 04:22 PM
Painful Gas After Surgery????


I had a TAH last April. I feel great and am glad that I had it done. I had fibroids which in turn caused me to have an enlarged uterus. I also had the burch procedure, which is when they uplifted my bladder. So now when I cough I don't wet myself. As for the gas, I do remember having gas but it did not get that bad to where it settled in my shoulders. I just walked. It is very painful after the surgery but still if you can, walk. I walked and I found that it helped the gas. I don't remember being terribly uncomfortable with gas. I watched what foods I ate too. I ate all veggies and watched what spices I used so that they wouldn't give me gas. I ate fruit so that with the veggies and fruit I was able to move my bowels with no problem. I was very sore but when I think back on my surgery, it went very well. My doctor and the hospital staff helped make it go smoothly. They really took care of me. My husband helped me shower and get in and out of my clothes. So just try to walk and watch the foods you eat. Good luck with your surgery.

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Unread 01-23-2004, 07:21 PM
Painful Gas After Surgery????

I just had a LAVH with burch 1/20/04. They used the CO2 gas to inflate the abdominal area to allow for better visualization. If all the gas is not expelled after the belly is deflated, it rises up into the neck and shoulders and causes severe pain, especially when you try to lie down. My GYN told me she has the anesthesiologist give an extra deep breath with the ventilator to push out the remaining gas. After she did the diagnostic Lap, I had no pain. My hyster was done by a different DR, a pelvic pain specialist: UroGyn. I had to sleep sitting up the first night, because the pain was so bad. I was under general for a little over 5 hours, so the gas must have permeated other areas before they deflated the belly. I still can feel air bubbles under the skin over my ribcage and they feel bruised when touched. But my shoulders and neck feel totally normal today. As far as abdominal gas pain, I still hadn't had a BM when I went back to the DR to have my foley taken out. They told me to continue taking my colace and to add Senekot. The Senekot caused terrible gas pain, but I was finally able to go.
Unread 01-23-2004, 10:27 PM
Painful Gas After Surgery????

I had a lap a few years ago and the gas settled in my right chest/shoulder area. It was so painful that I was worried that I might actually be having a heart attack. I found that what worked best for me was to have a hot water bottle or heating pad on the area.
My hysterectomy was last month and this time the gas pains were in the digestive tract. I was given some Mylecon in the hospital and made sure that my husband bought some before I came home. I lived on that for about a week before my pains actually began to settle down.
Good luck to you!
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Unread 01-24-2004, 06:05 AM
Painful Gas After Surgery????

I experienced this with both c-sections I had. The nurses took hot towels and placed them on my upper back and shoulders. I believe this was done 2-3 times over the first day and a half and worked wonders. the nurses told me that the heat draws that leftover gas out of your body faster than it can expel it on its own. I just had my TAH w/bladder repair on 1/21/04 and luckily did not experience it this time. I came home from the castle on 1/23/04. Having the typical discomfort, but nothing more than expected.
Unread 01-24-2004, 09:58 AM
Painful Gas After Surgery????

Are the gas pains from having a lap assisted hysterectomy? Or does everyone who has a regular abdominal incision get the gas too? I had several laps done and know how painful the gas can feel, but they use gas to blow you up during an abdominal??? I'm confused.
Unread 01-24-2004, 10:07 AM
Painful Gas After Surgery????

Are the gas pains from having a lap assisted hysterectomy? Or does everyone who has a regular abdominal incision get the gas too? I had several laps done and know how painful the gas can feel, but they use gas to blow you up during an abdominal??? I'm confused.
Some that is being referred to is from a LAVH. With a TAH it is actual gas from the bowels. When you have a general anesthetic it essentially shuts down your system. The bowels have to get going again, and also they are sensitive from being handled during surgery. One of the keys to being released from the hospital is passing gas so they are sure your bowels are functioning normally again. Since they are feeling a little tender any gas at this time feels worse than normal. As far as I know they don't inflate you during a TAH, but I'm not 100% on that.

Hope this helps clear up any confusion!

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