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Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

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Unread 01-11-2006, 01:49 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

It's been 7 months now... I am not sure what happened, whether this was done during surgery or if I caused it myself by "overdoing" it, doing too much too fast. About 6 months post-op I started having stabbing pains on my right side where my ovary used to be. It stopped for a while and then came back. This time the stabbing pain almost took my breath away but subsided again. For two weeks I had some lingering discomfort especially when I sat straight or bent over just a little. I went to see my doc today. She said, I healed up ok inside, except for a little hole in the muscle next to the sutures. She felt it inside and was able to feel it outside by probing the right side of my belly. I had developed a hernia. My choices... do I have any? I can have another surgery to get it fixed or leave it as is and live with the discomfort and wait for something worse to happen.
Ladies, please do everything you can to avoid too much housework or lifting . Take your time to heal. BTW, she also said, it takes TWO years to completely heal from this kind of surgery.
Best Wishes to all!
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Unread 01-11-2006, 01:58 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Do you have a hernia because of your hyst? I've been cleared to do all again today, (one month post-op), but I'm not going to strain at all.Thanks for this post!
Unread 01-11-2006, 02:06 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Do you only get hernias from lifting things that are too heavy?
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Unread 01-11-2006, 02:28 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

that is a good question...i was not given any restrictions about reaching, stretching, just lifting above 10 lbs. anne
Unread 01-11-2006, 03:19 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Good question,
I remember about 3 weeks post-op I started walking on my treadmill again. I started bleeding for 3-4 days later. Went to see doc, but she didn't think there was anything wrong except for a little bit of scartissue that had pulled away and caused the bleeding. Now I am wondering if this hernia was the place it had pulled away from. All I am trying to convey to you all is just to be very very careful.
Unread 01-11-2006, 03:26 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Guess we better do a search on hernias to be safe! Hope you are feeling better.
Unread 01-11-2006, 03:31 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Found this: " It might take a long time for a hernia to develop or it might develop suddenly. Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain, although the cause of the weakness and the type of strain may vary
A Hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. If the opening or weakness is large enough, a portion of the organ may be able to poke through the hole."

Since we are a bit weak from surgery, that may be why we are more susceptible to Hernias.
Unread 01-11-2006, 03:44 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

I'm 4 months post-op... went snowmachining right after Christmas and ended up tipping over and getting my foot stuck in the footboard of my sled. All my flailing around and trying to sit up to get my foot unstuck definitely made my tummy a bit sore for a day or two. I figure it was just some scar tissue being pulled at, and I felt back to normal within a couple of days.
Unread 01-11-2006, 04:45 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

Another bit of information on Hernias that may apply to any of us-If you've had surgery in your abdominal area, you might experience this type of hernia. In incisional hernias, part of the intestines bulge through the abdomen around a surgical incision. In this case, surgery actually weakened the muscle tissue in the abdomen. This type of hernia requires another surgery to repair it.
Unread 01-11-2006, 05:11 PM
Warning... Please, take care of yourself post-op

At 6 mos. post-op I developed a pain upon walking in my right side where ovary would have been. My ovary had adhered to my colon in that area and doc said she had to cut it away and stitch up the colon. The pain comes and goes - prolonged standing and exertion seems to aggravate it - I'm worried. Could this be a hernia? I don't feel anything bulging. Also feel a kind of pressure on vaginal walls - not really pain but an odd sort of cramping ache. Rest seems to help. Most of the time I feel great but when the right side starts hurting then everything seems to get flared up! Help!

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