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Unread 10-24-2004, 09:25 PM
tummy lop-over???

What is up with the post surgery tummy lop-over. I'm three weeks post op (tah) and the incision seems to be "tacked down" creating a funky new landscape on my abdomen. Anyone else experience this and how long did it take to go away?
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Unread 10-24-2004, 09:56 PM
tummy lop-over???

Are you meaning that charming little 'ledge' that now sits on top of your scar? Wonderful isn't it? It does get better with time.....quite a bit of it in my case unfortunately, but then again I'm a bit of an oldie around here and my skin elasticity isn't quite what it used to be.

I'm not quite sure what causes it but it does slowly go down over time. It was well over a year postop when I realised mine had totally disappeared. I know I mentioned it to my doctor at my 6 week checkup and he just shrugged it off and said it would go eventually! Gee thanks doc!

Hope yours is only around for a short time. Take care.

Unread 10-24-2004, 10:23 PM

I call it "Dunlap Disease"...my belly "done lapped" over my incision!!!

Reminds me of many cartoon characters: Ninja Turtles, Michelin Man, Tele Tubbies, a guy wearing a catcher's vest...whatever.

SO glad to think it might go away someday...sigh!

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Unread 10-25-2004, 01:25 AM
tummy lop-over???

I was so shocked when I first saw that belly hang over the incision but i am now nearly 3 weeks post op and it has decreased a lot.

I saw my Gyn today and he said that at the 6 week mark I can start with gentle tummy exercises and this will tone the whole area up and get rid of the swelly belly.

Good Luck!!
Unread 10-25-2004, 05:45 AM
tummy lop-over???

I thought I was going to cry when I saw that little hangy blob of skin over my incision! I have always been really active, and in pretty good shape, but I put on sooooo much weight with each of my kids (6-8 mnths of bedrest will do that!) that I developed horrible stretch marks and hangy flabby skin that just never really went away until I started working with a personal trainer last January, of course the stretch marks stayed, but my hangy skin had really tightened up. So imagine my disgust the first time I saw the new blob! Here I thought my surgeon did something, glad to hear it's normal, and it'll go away!
Unread 10-26-2004, 04:29 AM
tummy lop-over???

I have Dunlop disease too!! I tried on some sweat outfits with lower rise pants...I looked awful. It is so depressing.

The worst part is how much I have been eating lately. I am going to gain all kinds of weight. I had been going crazy for junk food. And when I went grocery shopping Sat for the first time since my SAH and I bought some cookies and sherbet and stuff. Guess what? Almost all gone...
:snort: :snort: :snort:

Unread 10-26-2004, 06:20 AM
tummy lop-over???

Dunlop, yep I have this disease too. But it is getting better weekly. My swelly belly too.

I am so happy I lost almost 10 lbs now, and as soon as I get the go ahead (not to mention energy), I am off to the indoor swimming pool to move around and then start laps.

Funny how each of us are the same, but different. I do not crave any junk food and have to force myself to eat meals. Would be nice to keep it that way when I go back to my work and the stress level is higher. If I can get the last 10 lbs off as close to Thanksgiving as possible, I think I will have no problem maintaining my goal weight. Luckily, my gain was due to medication for migraines, and I no longer have to take it since the surgery.

Have a great day gals.
Unread 10-26-2004, 07:05 AM
tummy lop-over???

I went to the outlet store a week after my surgery and the gals there brought me 20 different pair of support panties to look at and I bought two pair. I like they way they make my tummy look flatter than it really is. Especially that floppy belly that I'm not used to. But I can't wear those panties for more than 6 hours because it is a bit of pressure. But it feels good when I first put them on.
Unread 10-26-2004, 09:05 AM
tummy lop-over???

Hi all... I just had my 6 week post-op check up (at 5-1/2 weeks) and feeling great...except I did ask my dr. about the tummy lop-over. Before the hyst I was in pretty good shape (I walk marathons and swim), but she told me this lop-over was fat! I asked her if it will go away with time, and she said it might, but I might need to see a plastic surgeon if it bothers me. YIKES! I'm so glad to hear others have this -- as usual, I thought I was the only one.
I do plan to start excercising again so we'll see what happens!

Thank you for all your great comments and advice. I don't know what I would have done without all of you.

**Surgery on 9/17/04 due to heavy bleeding, large fibroids, low iron, kept O's, tubes and cervix**
Unread 10-26-2004, 09:12 AM
tummy lop-over???

I had surgery on the 15th and I have the same thing. It is irritating to the incision and it feels like I have chaffed skin but I do not. Hopefully this will go away SOON!

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