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Unread 02-10-2003, 07:50 AM
Hard area around incision

Hi all,
I am doing much better now. It has been 11 days since my surgery and I am feeling pretty good most of the time. I haven't taken any pain medicine other than Motrin for a few days. I was even able to help my DH clean the house yesterday a little. Of course I had to take a two hour nap afterwards! Amazing how tired your arms get from folding 3 towels. LOL. My question is that I have a hard area around the left side of my incision. It is very tender in that area and also gets sharp pains in it. It feels like a rock under my skin there! It is about the size of a golfball, but not neccessarily round. What is this? Has anyone else experienced this? I have an appointment tomorrow and I will be sure to bring it up to the Dr.
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Unread 02-10-2003, 08:06 AM
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Hi GI,
I just wanted to let you know that their has been several of us that have had this problem, I know I did, I went to my and she told me that it was scare tissue, ive also heard women say that they had blood build up like that to, but I know with mine when I did to much their would be the sharp pains, I dont think its anything to worry about, I know with time mine went away, but you should call your just to make sure, its better safe then sorry, best of luck to you and dont try to do to much. Bev
Unread 02-10-2003, 08:10 AM
Hard area around incision

Hi Jillie!

I think it would be a good idea to let your doctor know about the pain and hard lump by your incision. They will want to examine that to determine what is causing it.

At 11 days post-op you are really early in your recovery. The internal stitches begin to dissolve at about 2-4 weeks post-op. The initial recovery period from a hysterectomy is 6 - 8 weeks but it can take many months to be completely healed.

The fatigue you are having is normal - your body is telling you to slow down and rest. Don't do any housework until your doctor clears you too. Trying to do too much, too soon can cause complications.

Be a good and slow down a bit. we care about you and want you to have a complete and uncomplicated recovery.

Take care.

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Unread 02-10-2003, 09:23 AM
Hard area around incision

You know, the Doc told me that my stiches won't dissolve for 6 months because he used really thick sutures since I had had som many problems before with adhesions and other abdominal surgeries. I will ask the Doc about the lumpy tummy thingy tomorrow when I go see him. Now I am just trying to figure out if I can drive there or if I have to bug one of my firends for a ride again.
Unread 02-10-2003, 10:00 AM
Hard area around incision

Hi Jillie,

I am 3 weeks post op and had these lumpy thingies delevop on each side of my incision about 6 days post op. They started when I rolled over one night in bed. I called my doc and he said I had "popped a bleeder" on each side of my incision. He said it is very common as when they do the surgery, they need to tied off some veins. What happened is when I rolled and obviously stretched, a few of these tied off guys popped open.

I saw my doc on Friday for my 1st post op check. I asked him to look at the lumps as I still have them and they still hurt. He called them "hemotomata" and said they are like a bruise where there is a slight build up of bleeding under the surface. They will go away in time (mine have actually started to shrink). Until they are gone, to be very cautious about bending at the waist and take it easy - no situps when I start exercising again!

Please ask your doc about them - hopefully they are nothing serious and are just these hemotomata.


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