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Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

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Unread 03-05-2008, 11:06 PM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

Good luck Denise - keep us posted!
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Unread 03-06-2008, 07:53 AM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

lilgumba, can you explain what the hematoma is? Why would they feel it is because of so many crunches beforehand? I also worked my abs every other day in anticipation of this surgery because I was told it was a good thing to do...that would make me upset too...

Let us know how you make out Friday..
Unread 03-06-2008, 10:52 AM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

Even though the swelling is going down some, the little buldge above the incision is still there. Someone mentioned in one post that it was due to all the sewing up they have to do. That makes sense.
When I asked my DR, she said the swelling above incision will go away eventually. The buldge well...well... I hate to say this but may not totally go away, since it was not a cosmetic surgery. It's low enough that it really doesn't bother me and I can live with it as long as all the swelling above it goes away.
The battle of the buldge
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Unread 03-06-2008, 05:06 PM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

I'm at five weeks post op and I still have a bulge over my incision. I was concerned because the scar has healed very well but this bulge makes my tummy look horrible... Even though I am thin, there is a little fat on my stomach (and streched skin) and since the scar is still very stiff it causes a bulge. My dr told me today that the swelling will keep going down and the scar should soften with time. I hope he's right.

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Unread 03-06-2008, 05:10 PM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

My bulge was much smaller the last two days and I thought I was going back to normal. A situation at work came up today and I had to work 8 hours instead of the four I planned on. When I came home and undressed the bulge is HUGE! I'm hoping rest will make it relax a little b/c everything hurts!
Unread 03-08-2008, 12:33 AM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

I might have an answer to your question of bulging. I had an appendectomy about 15 years ago and had the bulging going on, lol. I asked the DR. about it and he said it was because the incision goes thru the muscle and now the muscle is reconnecting. I had this bulging for about a week or so. When I got it after my TAH, I remembered this and didn't give it another thought. You could always call the DR. though if you have any worries about it. I have been massaging it, cause it makes my tummy feel better. I also have the flap covering, but am not too concerned with it for right now. I was also told by a DR. after my DS had abdominal surgery for a ruptured intestine, that it would take almost a year for the scar to smooth out. I had foot surgery a year ago and it did take it that long to smooth out. I hope I helped a little bit
Unread 03-08-2008, 04:59 AM
abd bulge/hematoma?

Hi there,
I too, had a bulging area to the left on my incicion.
Saw the doctor for this yesterday. Sonogram indicated large pocket of fluid. Doctor opened the top of the original incision and out came about a liter of blood and serous fluid. Thank goodness there was no sign of infection. Bad part is I am set back in my recovery as I require this wound to be packed with saline soaked gauze twice a day. If you have any concerns about something that just doesn't look right, by all means, get to the doctor.
And if anyone has had this experiance, please let me know what to expect. I would appreciate any information.
BTW...1 1/2 weeks post op
Unread 03-08-2008, 06:39 AM
The Bulge

Hi Girls, went to my 6 week post op appt. yesterday and asked about the bulge. I didn't get the answer I wanted. Doctor said the bulge is probably there to stay! I am very disappointed. She said it will probably go down some with the swelling, but the skin flap over the incision, was old skin and where the incision is, is like new skin she told me. So I will probably have a flap there. She did release me for all activities and exercise, I have no restrictions now. She said if I do something and it hurts, to stop it for a week and then try again. She said I was healing good and that my hematoma was almost gone. So how come it is still bulging so much? I hope it is just swelly belly. I was swollen more than usual last night and I think it was because of all the poking around she did. Does anyone have any input about that?
Well take care girls, wish I had better news. ttyl, Denise
Unread 03-08-2008, 02:07 PM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

I don't know if what I'm experiencing is the same, but I too have a hard lump right above my right incision and it is tender to the touch. It only came about three days ago when I think I overstretched or something. I am going for my 6-week post-op this coming Thursday so if the lump is still there, I will definitely speak to my Dr. about it. My Dr. did tell me however that most of my stitches were on my right side so I would feel more discomfort there.
Unread 03-08-2008, 03:57 PM
Bulges on stomach and flap of skin over incision

I have a flap now but I have hope that it's temporary. I also had it after my 2 c-sections and it did go away afterward. I can't remember how long it took but I know it was gone by a year after my fist c-section because that's when I got pregnant again. So there is hope girls!

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