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Unread 09-21-2011, 08:30 PM

So I'm doing my homework so to speak and reading all about this whole hysterectomy deal... why does everyone have gas? I've had a few surgeries in the past...apendectomy, uterine ablation, tubes tied, D& C due to a miscarriage and I don't remember any problems with gas... of course there was always the dreaded BM, so what causes the gas with a hysterectomy and why do some have problems tinkling afterwards?
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Unread 09-21-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Gassy?

Everyone is different and experiences different things. I did not have the tummy gas that many have but I did have pains in my shoulders that turned out to be gas. Burping got rid of it.

Tinkling is the same thing. Everyone has different experiences. I had no issues whatsoever.

Please remember that most people who don't have an issue don't post because what would they be posting about? Most posts are because someone has something going on that is not usual in their lives and they want an answer. So on the post-op boards, you might want to focus on the good stories rather than the bad ones. I finally made that decision a couple of weeks before my surgery because all the possibilities of what could happen were overwhelming. I thought that if I have an issue, then I would look it up, in the meantime, why borrow trouble?
Unread 09-21-2011, 08:55 PM
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Unread 09-21-2011, 09:38 PM
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The main reason for the gas complaints is likely because those of us who had laproscopic surgeries had our abdominal cavities inflated with co2 so the surgeon could visualize our internal structures during surgery. They do release as much of that as they can, but can't get it all. Also, since the movement of anything in your bowels is halted while under general anesthesia, getting them moving again can be uncomfortable . . . and air can get trapped behind solids in there, too.

Everyone is definitely different!

Best wishes to you!
Unread 09-22-2011, 01:05 AM
Re: Gassy?

I don't want to frighten you because as others have said we are all totally different!

I read about the gas problems with disbelief!
But I am one who has had major gas problems!
I had a pelvic wash and a TAH/BSO and my bowels didn't wake up for a while.
But for some reason - right up till this week, and it's now 3+weeks since surgery - I have had worse pain from gas than from the surgical pain. It took me a while to distinguish between the two types of pain, and why I have had trouble passing gas I don't know. I DID pass gas but it seemed to get sort of trapped and that caused me a lot of pain. I guess because I have had major invasive surgery and my insides are tender! No problems with BMs once I started going again properly.
But this week, thankfully, the gas just passes on out painlessly! (My fault for eating a lot of gas-producing food as part of my normal diet. Stuck to that "normal" diet to avoid constipation)

It's all a bit of a mystery, the gas thing.

But I bet you have no problems. Don't anticipate them. BUT if you do - you know you are not alone!
Unread 09-22-2011, 09:57 AM
Re: Gassy?

I'm a naturally gassy person (lucky hubby, right?) so I didn't notice anything too out of the ordinary. I was passing gas in the castle within 10 hours of coming out of surgery and it was the only time I've ever been praised for it. That's a good sign that things are waking back up and doing what it's supposed to do.

I did have issues with my bowel prep - that drink didn't kick in until almost midnight the night before and I was still having little moments right up until they took me in. I remember telling one of the surgical nurses that "the sodium drink is still working and I really am sorry for whatever happens once I'm out and relaxed". So, when I started letting them go back in my room I had a few little accidents. Good thing they gave me a bed pad to sit/lay on.

Wow - the things I feel free to share on this board would embarrass the snot out of me on any other place on the net!
Unread 09-22-2011, 10:04 AM
Re: Gassy?

I didn't have any additional gas after surgery. Everyone is different. I asked the Dr about it and she said some people have problems, others don't. Itbis just the luck of the draw.

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