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Unread 11-19-2001, 04:38 AM
How long have a "swelly belly"?

This is my first post here, but I have to tell you, this site has been a Godsend for me. I check posts every morning before I start work and it has eased my fears about surgery immensely.

I'm scheduled for a TAH (everything out) for endometriosis on Jan 10. Only surgery ever had before was a lap 1.5 years ago. This one's got me scared, but after reading through this site, I know I'll make it. Can't help but be a little worried about how I'll feel on hormones later and how the new "sex life" will be, but hoping nothing is affected there.

Anyway, my big question is can I expect my belly to be swollen 6 months or more after surgery? I just read a sister's post about something to that affect. I was hoping to feel better and look better by June for our Florida vacation. Please tell me this isn't true!
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Unread 11-19-2001, 06:03 AM
How long have a "swelly belly"?


First of all welcome to HysterSisters, we are so glad you found us.

I had a SAH (Supracervical Abdominal Hyster) 9 weeks ago and I still get swelly belly sometimes when I've done too much. I started back to work 3 weeks ago and my first week back was the worst. I find that the end of the day swelly belly is at it's worst however, it isn't really that bad. Just remember to rest as much as possible.
Unread 11-19-2001, 06:21 AM
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Hi Jennifer!

It's hard to say how long swelly belly will stick around, but it's a safe bet that, for the first 6 month to a year (this is how long Doctors say it really takes for complete healing), swelly belly could crop up as a result of overworking those tummy muscles.

The first 6 to 8 weeks post op are critical to the rest of your healing. It's hard, though, because even though, during this initial recovery period, we may have 'good' days where we feel great and think we can sneak in a little vacuuming, or lift the laundry basket, etc., it's still a no-no

Basically, the better you take care of yourself during the initial recovery period, the better chances you have of minimizing swelly belly later on. It's so easy to forget we are still healing for up to 6 to 12 months... but that swelly belly will be there to remind us!
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Unread 11-19-2001, 11:47 PM
How long have a "swelly belly"?

Hi, JenniferLynne! Welcome to HysterSisters! You'll be glad you had your hyst when you're over the first couple weeks of recovery, but you'll have to be prepared for swelly belly (especially with TAH) and plan your clothes accordingly! I think my swelly belly started to go down after 6 weeks, but I still have a little swelling 5 months later. I wore big undies (2 sizes larger than normal) for 3 months and loose dresses or elastic waists. By June, you probably won't have as much swelling, but may want a swimsuit that isn't too tight! It's true that swelling creeps up more in the evening or if you overdo your activities. Another item to think about for the first weeks of recovery is a shower chair (lightweight plastic patio chair will work), since you will get very tired and possibly feel faint while taking a shower. I used my chair for 5 weeks, and it was great. Hugs and best wishes.

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