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where is your swelly belly? where is your swelly belly?

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Unread 01-04-2008, 12:00 PM
where is your swelly belly?

Hello Ladies,
I'm wondering what part of my tummy is swelling and what part is actually weight. My fibroid seemed to cause me a bunch of weight gain and I was hoping to be one of those ladies that immediately dropped a bunch of weight but I haven't been.

My swelly seems to be like three little "rolls." One little one from the incision down to the pubic bone. One from above the incision to a spot about 2 inches higher. And one from there to my belly button.

Do you all have a similar swelling configuration? I am four weeks post-op today.
Thanks!
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Unread 01-04-2008, 12:01 PM
where is your swelly belly?

basically for me its the entire abdomen, from above the bikini scar to the belly button. It always seems to be swollen and somewhat tender.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 12:19 PM
where is your swelly belly?

The entire abdomen area for me what I am wondering is how long do you stay swollen. Is there a normal range?
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Unread 01-04-2008, 07:41 PM
Down Low

My swelling is just below the belly button to just above the pubic line. My scar is horizontal and at the pubic line. I still have trouble getting into my pants and I have not gained (or lost) any weight. This is the only thing that still bothers me - How long does this swelling last. I am worried it is not swelling but shifting of my belly. I was overweight before the surgery, but now my waist line is smaller, but I have this "roll" down low. I have to actually lift it up to check my scar. UGH!!!
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Unread 01-04-2008, 07:46 PM
where is your swelly belly?

I also have to lift my swelly belly to check the incision. It's swollen and tender from above my horiz. bikini cut up to my navel.

I also had the secret fantasy that I'd wake up from surgery and magically lose weight! Sadly ... no.
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Unread 01-04-2008, 07:50 PM
where is your swelly belly?

I also had the secret fantasy that I'd wake up from surgery and magically lose weight! Sadly ... no.[/quote]

Me, too! I am so not happy about that - !
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Unread 01-04-2008, 08:09 PM
where is your swelly belly?

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Originally Posted by jj4
My swelling is just below the belly button to just above the pubic line. My scar is horizontal and at the pubic line... I have this "roll" down low. I have to actually lift it up to check my scar. UGH!!!
That is me exactly! I was so worried that something funky happened, but my doctor says that's just where the swelling is 'settling' for me. He insists that my internal organs are where they are supposed to be and that with time (assuming I don't gain weight) my roll will go away.

From what I've read here, it can take quite a while for the swelly belly to dissipate, but it WILL happen eventually. Hang in there - and don't strain your neck or pull on your abdomen trying to look at the incision... it's easier to just use a mirror!

Best of luck in your continued healing!
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Unread 01-05-2008, 08:38 AM
where is your swelly belly?

HI

I was 12 wks post op last Thursday and I still have my swelly belly - I had to lift the roll to look at the wound also -though that has gotten better - do use a mirror as its best!

I have a horizontal wound and the swelling is all above it - it gets hot and is still numb to the touch - from what I have been reading it can take 6 months to a year to get back to normal!

Did have a habit of getting on the weighing scales in the first few weeks after the op now I don't bother! I'm going to wait until I can move around more and the swelling goes down to get a more acurate reading!
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Unread 01-05-2008, 08:42 AM
where is your swelly belly?

So happy to come across this thread! I have lost some weight after my 12/19 TAH & my waist is smaller BUT I was starting to believe that the fat from my waist had just fallen and had settled right above my incision line!!! It doesn't feel like 'swelling' to me! I hope it will start going down soon!! Making it even more awful is that I have to pull it up to see the incision and to put topical cream on the area that became so irrited from the tape!
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Unread 01-05-2008, 09:17 AM
where is your swelly belly?

You ladies are lucky. I have a vertical incision that goes 2 inches above my belly button. I also had an omentectomy (taking the entire inner layer of the abdominal fat where all the nerves/nodes/etc are) and an umbilical hernia repair. The omentectomy reaches all the way up to my diaphragm (right under the breasts) and most of my swelling is from above my belly button to my diaphragm. The hernia repair has it swelling more on the right side, and I'm pretty "fluffy" so I look like a lopsided michelin tire man. I've lost some weight, but I can't see where with all the swelling.
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