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Unread 02-15-2008, 10:13 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

Can anybody give me an idea of when I can expect to lose this puffy belly? I am 8 weeks post op and my belly is just as big as it was when I had huge fibroids. One of the things I was looking forward to was the possibility of having a flat belly again and now I'm thinking that may never happen. I had a supra-cervical laprascopic procedure and thought the swelllng would be gone by now. Is this normal or is it just me?
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Unread 02-15-2008, 10:17 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

Hi - I am 9 wks post-op and experiencing the exact same thing. Had abdominal incision. Am very unhappy over the whole thing - had hoped my body would have improved a little and I feel like I look just as bad as before the huge fibroids were removed. Mariah
Unread 02-15-2008, 10:23 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

I'm finding that the more I'm up and around the bigger my belly gets! A couple of weeks after surgery, my belly was nice and flat. But now that I'm back to work and returning to daily life, it's as big as it was before surgery! I'm sure it's just all the muscles and everything in there reacting to the increase in activity. My stomach muscles are sooooo sore!!
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Unread 02-15-2008, 10:27 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

Maybe it's normal but I am really dissapointed too. I also didn't lose any weight and there was a 4 day period where I hardly ate anything at all.
I started doing crunches but that doesn't seem to help. Stomach muscles just get harder exactly where they are. I'm wondering if this is muscle memory and your stomach muscles are used to being in that position and it takes time for them to shrink back in. I know with your abdominal incision it will take longer as your muscles need to heal back together.
Unread 02-15-2008, 10:53 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

Hi Ladies... I can relate to you all. I am 4 weeks post-op from a TVH and i have swelly belly too!! I am so frustrated with it also and it seems to get bigger and harder under my ribcage. I had a belly before surgery, but not that high up. Im trying to do a little bit at a time cause sitting around doing nothing is driving me crazy.. I would also love to know how long this is going to last? I dont go for my check up for another 4 weeks!! Hugs to you all
Unread 02-15-2008, 10:59 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

The odd thing is, that when I asked my Dr about swelly belly prior to surgery, she didn't know what it was. Then she made a comment that if anything my stomach would get flatter because of the fibroids being gone. She also said tho removing the fibroids wasn't going to help "the fat". So I'm kind of not sure how much of the stomach is still swelling and how much is just fat. I think it is primarily swelling...I think...
Unread 02-15-2008, 12:28 PM
How long does swelly belly last?

Isn't it amazing they can operate on us, but really don't have a clue as to what we feel, think, etc...
Unread 02-15-2008, 12:41 PM
How long does swelly belly last?

This may sound strangely unrelated, but I've seen a severely sprained ankle take several months to get completely over swelling so I imagine our scrambled insides aren't going to fare much better. The ankle was always swollen for the first month or so, then only when walked on a lot for the 2nd and 3rd, last only when danced on again. It didn't truly quit swelling from strain until at least 4 months and even a slight sudden twist would swell it up again for a few days for probably up to 5 or 6 months.
I would think crunches, although good to build strength, would bring on a lot of swelling for ages.
Unread 02-15-2008, 08:20 PM
How long does swelly belly last?

I'm 4 weeks post op and my swelly belly is driving me nuts too! Like some others I too seem to have a high belly when before it was all a low "after baby tummy". It's very strange and I hope it goes away sooner rather than later.

Maybe we will have to get a girdle. Ugh!
Unread 02-16-2008, 12:50 AM
How long does swelly belly last?

Originally Posted by PattieO
Isn't it amazing they can operate on us, but really don't have a clue as to what we feel, think, etc...
I have said it before, I would love to see some of these doctors fare with such grace!

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