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Unread 08-23-2001, 12:34 AM
The dumbest question ever ...

When they do a TAH, do they cut the rectus abdominus (the muscle group that runs up and down - the "six pack" muscle) under the skin incision or can they move it aside?

Getting even dumber, my incision, a "bikini" cut (RIGHT! Like I'm ever gonna wear one again!) is really wide - almost hip bone to hip bone. Were my obliques cut?

Just curious and trying to imagine the many sources of my sore spots that come and go.

Thanks!

Toots
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Unread 08-23-2001, 09:16 AM
The dumbest question ever ...

Toots,
Do you have a copy of your surgery report? I'm still a , but I know that when I had a lap and D&C done I was given a quite detailed report. If you could refer to yours, it might help answer some of your questions.
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Unread 08-23-2001, 09:15 PM
The dumbest question ever ...

Toots,

They retract the abdominus. But you should ask your dr all about what he did. And make sure you get the pathology and surgery reports
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Unread 08-23-2001, 10:12 PM
The dumbest question ever ...

Per my Doc, have to cut through all of the muscles. Bikini line cut only relates to the area that is cut, not the size. May seem huge at 1st but will shrink greatly as it heals. Have had 2 "bikini" line c-sections. Will get better, takes hard work though to get the muscle tone back. Need to wait a while for that, then can start crunches again, may be 6 months or so. Good luck. :-)

Pam
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Unread 08-23-2001, 11:46 PM
for toots

hi toots,
there is never a dumb question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
in 1986 i had a 12lb fibriod tumor removed and by incision was hip to hip i didnt have to have a hyst,,,the tumor grew in my filopian tube,,,, so they cut that tube and a year later my son was born
this aug 6th i had a hyst and bladder lift done,,,kept the overies
enlarged uterus due to fibriods and stess incontinence
my dr told me that i didnt have rectus abdominal musclse and wondered how i can even do crunches!!!!!!!!!!!!!boy was i surprized!!!!!!!!!!!!so this was due to the surgery in 86,,,and i dont remember the dr telling me about my muscle losss but because of the size of the fibriod it had to be cut....i am very active and in good shape and i still have the other abdominal muscles to help me keep my shape,,i just have to work a little harder....also 2 yrs ago i had a mini tumy tuck and lipo and let me tell you its not minor surgery and you dont see results for6 months,,,but my midsection looks better than it did the insisions do shrink in time and vit e rubbed twice daily is a must do
hope to hear from you
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Unread 08-24-2001, 12:50 AM
Thanks so much!

Hey y'all,

Thanks so much for your replies. I'll ask the DR next Thurs. when I see him. I bet he cut 'em, because he has the reputation for being "knife happy."

I also had 2 c-sections and a tubal from the same incision, so wouldn't be surprised if I had no rectus abdominus either! My tummy was never flat again after those surgeries, even with a lot of work.

Would love to have a tummy tuck done, but after this hyster, I don't think I wanna go through the pain and hassle and tiredness again anytime soon. Was thinking about eyelid surgery, too - but not now!

Hugs to all,
Toots
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