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Unread 02-16-2009, 11:54 AM
Post op incision care

I had TAH on 2/3 and have had remarkably smooth recovery. Some gas pain and uncomfortable BM, but getting better. Still tired with little exertion, but understanding the need for internal healing.

Now at Day #12, My wound seems to be healing well on the outside. bruising is going away. Dissovalbe stitches have disappeared and skin glue pealed away. I wonder about the swelling lumpy feelings along the incision area and the tenderness still of the whole abdominal area. Is that to be expected??

I really appreicate this site and all the insights gained from hearing your stories. Thanks and healing blessingss to all.

Queen Candace
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Unread 02-22-2009, 10:46 PM
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Queen Candace

I'm so glad to hear that your recovery has been going well. I remember getting tired so easily, but it eventually got better and I hope it does for you, too.

Since I had a TVH and therefore, no abdominal incision, I don't really have words of wisdom regarding the tenderness and lumpy feelings you're experiencing. I hope someone around here will be along to share with you.

Many good wishes for a continued smooth recovery!

Unread 02-22-2009, 11:19 PM
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Hi there. My doctor told me at my post-op appointment that the thick, lumpy feeling along the incision was caused by all of the internal stiches. She said that it can take up to 10 weeks for all of those to disolve - much later than when the external stiches have disappeared. She also instructed me me to rub Vitamin E oil horizontally and vertically along the incision to 'encourage' the skin to lay flat and get rid of the lumpy feeling.

My surgery was only a couple of days before yours, so I don't have any really great words of wisdom. My abdomen is still pretty swollen and it goes from below the bikini cut to above my belly button - very noticeably actually since my stomach was 'almost' flat prior to surgery. Tenderness is to be expected since it takes longer for everything to heal inside than it does on the outside.
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Unread 02-23-2009, 02:37 AM
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Hello Queen Candace

You sound like things are healing well. I had an abdominal incision as well and believe it or not I still have some tendernes in my belly off and on. I am 9 months out so it is more off than on. It was numb and tingly for a long long time and when the sensation on the skin began to return it was sore.

The lumpy areas I have now are right on the incision itself and I belive it is simply scar tissue. It does not hurt at all. I think vitamin e is used for that so maybe that is what your Dr. is thinking as well. You should notice slow improvements every week, but if you don't you should call the Doctors office and ask.

I hope your recovery continues to go well.
Unread 02-23-2009, 06:07 AM
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I had a tah/bso with a bikini line incision. I remember wondering if the swelling, tenderness and lumpy feeling would ever go away. I was told to use Vitamin E oil or someting similar and rub it in gently but firmly as often as I could. It seems to have helped because my scar is barely visisble now.

Hang in there, you're still a new princess, things should get better for you.


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