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can i sleep on my tummy? can i sleep on my tummy?

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Unread 07-05-2009, 08:53 PM
can i sleep on my tummy?

I had surgery on monday and was just wondering if its okay to sleep on my belly or will i push everything around I have no cuts on my belly I know this is a silly question does anyone know the answer??
Unread 07-05-2009, 08:58 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

Not a silly question at all! Just silly answers! LOL!
I found it very uncomfortable to sleep or lie on my belly. I don't have an incision on my belly either, but I sure could feel it when I tried! I haven't heard anything about if it is allowed or not. Just go by what is comfortable for you. I am 4 1/2 wks post-op & I am just getting comfy to sleep or lie on my tummy at the beach.
Unread 07-05-2009, 08:58 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

I think you should sleep however you can manage to. Especially if you were a tummy sleeper before surgery.
I have no cuts on my belly and I've been lying on my front to avoid staying in one position too long, but I am a definite back sleeper.
Unread 07-05-2009, 10:43 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

Yes, I slept on my tummy the 3 weeks out due to being uncomfortable but it feels much better with an pillow. I have the incision going across and on my sides it's very hard to sleep at night. Ice pack seems to help the relief.
Unread 07-05-2009, 11:55 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

I didn't see which approach was used during your surgery, but I had mine done by the daVinci (5 small incisions) on a Tuesday and on Saturday night I rolled over on my stomach. That was a HUGE mistake! It hurt so much, especially on one of the incisions and it is still more tender than the other ones. So, I would answer with a great big no, don't do it! I am really looking forward to being able to sleep on my stomach, too.

RALH/BSO 6-16-09
Unread 07-06-2009, 01:11 AM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

Your questions is a very good one . . . I am a side sleeper and I remember thinking the same thing. I slept on my back at first, because I wasn't sure if sleeping on my side would cause anything to move inside, but after a few days, I was back to sleeping on my side.
Unread 07-06-2009, 08:01 AM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

I am also a side sleeper and found I could only sleep on the left side at first since it felt like everything was going to fall out of I slept on my right.

I like to lay on my stomach to get back rubs (kind DH) and was not able to for the first week but after that I could although it was tender to settle in but once I was settled it was okay.

I would say if it does not hurt to do it then it is fine.
Unread 07-09-2009, 08:18 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

It took me a couple of weeks, but I am back to sleeping on my stomach. I started on my side with a pillow tucked around me. That helped really helped. I know that I go from back to side to stomach and back again.
Unread 07-09-2009, 09:19 PM
Re: can i sleep on my tummy?

Hi shopsalot

I had a TVH and slept on my tummy as soon as I was comfortable doing so. I usually couldnt' stay in that position for long, but it was nice to feel comfortable for a while.


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