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Unread 08-04-2004, 12:21 PM

After surgery Is ones abdomen flatter? My uterous is four times larger then normal with fibroids and thickened lining. I was curious about this as I have read where some of you mention having a uterous the size of a certain amount of months it would be at a pregnancy.
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Unread 08-04-2004, 12:46 PM

Unfortunately it is not flatter, at least right away. You will see a lot of people talking about "swelly belly", which (depending on the person) can last 3 months to a year.

I am about 11 weeks post op and have days that my stomach is flatter and other days (like today) where my "swelly belly" returns. It all depends on how much you do and how soon after your surgery you do it.

I am still holding off buying a new wardrobe until my belly flattens even more. Granted I am a little flatter, but I have a way to go.
Unread 08-05-2004, 09:05 AM

GREAT question!

I too had a utereus the size of a 4 month pregnancy! I had thought I was just gaining weight! I was thrilled that my "weight gain" would be surgically removed! Truth is...I am a little flatter than I was pre-op...I'm at 4 weeks post-op! HOWEVER, the belly that is there can't stand to be touched! Find yourself some nice drawstring pants, waistless sundresses and you'll be good to go for the (hopefully) short while post-op!

I actually hit a consignment store for some of these items! Figured when I do get back to "normal" I can have a bon-fire and burn this stuff!!!!

Best wishes to you!!!!!
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Unread 08-05-2004, 09:16 AM

Hi Cathy,

I had a 12lb. uterus (intramural fibroid). Needless to say, my stomach is flatter!! I don't have too much swelling, except when I over do it.

My doc had an abominal binder put on me right after the surgery.(I woke up with it on) I kinda remember the nurses talking about how to put it on, saying "It looks like a mini skirt on her" the binder is wide, 12in or so.

I still wear it when I go for a long walk, or when ever I start to feel sore or swollen. Ask your doc about a binder. It really helps the fluids to go out of the tissues, and it helped my skin to re-adjust and shrink up!!

Peace and love,
Unread 08-05-2004, 05:08 PM

Thanks for the information GraceLily,
I will definately ask for a binder after surgery. I had an idea of putting a couple gel cold packs in my heating pad cover and wrapping it around the area with an ace bandage! LOL
I am sure the binder is more effective.
I have never had an operation so I really appreciate everyones advice and the valuable information I have found on this site.
This is a scarey thing to go through!

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