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Unread 01-13-2008, 08:59 PM
Dissolving Stiches and Swelling


I am at the 4 week mark post-op. My doc said to expect another round of swelling and discomfort as the stiches dissolve.

I had a TAH, with a bikini cut and a vertical incision up to the belly-button internally. I have started to swell again, and it is even extending out to the side of me. Has anybody else experienced this level of swelling during this time?

I am going to call my doc about it tomorrow. It is also painful. I don't have an infection.
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Unread 01-14-2008, 04:45 PM
Dissolving Stiches and Swelling


I'm so sorry you're experiencing this swelling ~ it sounds very uncomfortable.

I think a call to your doctor would be very wise since something doesn't seem quite right. It might be normal with your extensive incision and maybe your doctor will be able to put your mind at rest. If not, s/he'll be able to nip any problems in the bud.

Will you let us know what you find out tomorrow? Take care!

Unread 01-15-2008, 11:11 AM
Dissolving Stiches and Swelling

Hi Poodle,

I called the doc and I have an appointment tomorrow. I am still pretty swollen, but the back ache is gone.

I also have an inflammatory disorder, so I am wondering if perhaps this is factoring in. The problem is, the disorder is VERY rare (only about 2 people in every state have it). The doctors don't really know what to tell me because there are so few people who have it, and even fewer that have had a hysterectomy. So I am a "pioneer". As there is inflammation when the stiches dissolve, you can just imagine how this factors in to the equation!

Thanks for your support!

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