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Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy? Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?

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Unread 03-18-2005, 06:43 PM
Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?

i went to the hospital 2 months ago in severe pain they did a ct scan and a ultrasound.They found a cyst. I went to the drs and they said the cyst was proubly on adheasions and that they think the adheasions grew on the tube going from my bladder to my kidneys. That there was proubly adheasions all over and they think that some of my organs are stuck togeather. Oh what fun! so i was informed i needed surgery . I asked the dr if i could have the laperscopic he said nope he said i was going to need a Laparotomy so they can get to all the damage. Has anyone ever had this? Whats it like? The dr is going to be squeduling me for surgery the 22 (tues) and i was told my the nurse it could be as soon as the last week in march or first week in april.

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Unread 03-18-2005, 07:08 PM
Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?

I've had a laprotomy and it was much like the tah I had. The doctor made an incision in my abdomen and took a look around and cleaned up what he could. The recovery time was much the same as the hyst, but yours may depend on how much work the doctor has to do once he gets in there.

Best wishes on the upcoming surgery. I hope you will find relief from your ongoing pain and problems.
Unread 03-18-2005, 07:33 PM
Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?

is there alot of pain to this ?how long is the down time? can i be chasing kids around after i get out? and can my dog jump up in bed ( he weighs 175lbs)with me?
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Unread 03-18-2005, 08:17 PM
Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?

I would think your recovery time would be at least 6-8 weeks, but I would ask your doctor that question. We are all different, so our experiences can be different. I wouldn't rush the recovery and take as much time as you need. You only have once chance to heal.
Unread 03-19-2005, 03:36 PM
Has anyone ever had a Laparotomy?


I see you had a vaginal hyst, so this is all new to you with the laparotomy, which is the type of incision they use for an abdominal hyst. I have had 3 in less than one year. This is a major surgery hun, you will not be jumping around any time soon after. Recovery is generally 6 weeks, no lifting, no work, etc...but you need to verify all the do's and don't s with the doc at your preop appt. The incision is made above the bikini line and vary in length. Mine were approx 6-8 inches long. You will be in the hospital for 3 days. You will need much more support at home for the first week at least. If you want an idea on how to recover from this, you can see some guidelines on this site. On the top of this page there is a link called "checkpoint". There you will see guidelines for do;s and don'ts depending on how far out post op you are. As you will see the first 2 weeks, is basically you can't do anything. The only thing you should be doing is resting, napping, drinking plenty of water and taking short walks around the house.
I would also suggest that you ask your doc if he plans on using any adhesion barrier after he removes them during this surgery to try and prevent new ones from forming.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to send me PM or email. If you look at my sig line you can see that I am no stranger to laparotomies.

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