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What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly? What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

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Unread 01-23-2002, 07:20 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Vein, I know! But, I really am curious what it's like, how big it gets, does it appear RIGHT after surgery, how long does it usually last and do you ever really get your pre-op figure back? After each of my c-sections(I've had 2)I had a belly, but it went back down in time. I have a pretty flat stomach now(when I'm not bloated)and I NEVER do sit-ups. I hate 'em. Can I expect to get a relatively flat belly back with time alone? And if so, how long?

BTW, how are the January sisters doing with this aspect of the surgery? Seeing as you are pretty new to it... I mean, the ones who've had their surgeries...
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Unread 01-23-2002, 08:11 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Everyone is different. I had swelly belly BEFORE my surgery...my fibroids were so huge that my abdomen was distended. After the surgery, I expected this "condition", but it never happened!

My stomach was flatter than it has been in years....I actually had my abs back. It's still flat! I did notice an increase in discomfort and a little bit of swelling if I did too much too fast. My heating pad was my best friend for a few months....feet up, heating pad on. My standard evening position!

I took ibuprofen for pain relief as soon as I got off my PCA pump because I wanted to eliminate the narcotic pain meds asap, and I was lucky that it was effective for me. I wondered if the anti-inflammatory properties of ibufrophen had anything to do with the lack of swelling.

I think that most women do experience it at some point....but again, each of us is different!

Unread 01-26-2002, 03:55 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Hi Julie, I'm back, had my surgery Monday 1/21. My belly was mostly swelled (about like a really bad period month) until today when I had my first BM. Now, it's nearly normal and I'm wearing regular clothes. I had a TVH, no incision so I'm sure this is part of why, but my doc said that even with an incision it shouldn't be too long before the swelling goes down and some normalcy reappears. Don't worry too much, I too was worried. I took some really old and 2 sizes too big pants to come home in and it really wasn't necessary. Something loose and comfy would've been sufficient.

It'll all be over soon!

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Unread 01-26-2002, 04:28 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Hi Julie,

I had my LAVH on the 23rd of January. Thought I would come home with a huge swelly belly. No way, my belly is almost back to wear it was before I even had children 30 years ago. That's all I said to my friends when I came home "I have my figure back". Yeah..........I also feel wonderful. Pain is not half as bad as I thought it would be. I have not done the bowel thing yet. Hopefully, that will happen soon. Anyway, no belly......Susie
Unread 01-26-2002, 04:35 PM
Last ovary has to go, hello Lupron


This is a first time post. I'm feeling quite desperate at the moment and was hoping for a little reassurance. (Hope I'm posting correctly!)

In a nut shell, I have had 3 surgery's for severe Endometriosis, adhesions & cysts. I suffer with Loads of chronic pelvic pain, SEVERE fatigue, fibromyalgia, R-arthritis, vaginal pain ect.

1st surgery was 4 hrs of laser ablation (July00)

2nd surgery 3 1/2 laser ablation and removal of my left ovary due to endo, chocolate cysts ect. (March 01)

3rd surgery hysterectomy. Removal of adhesions, resection of pelvic floor and ligaments r/t endo.( Kept my right ovary with Doctors approval after cysts removed from it, wasn't ready for
menopause. ) (June 01)

NOW....4th surgery to be done this coming tues the 29th. I have constant right sided pain esp. with sitting, standing, pooping ect (sorry) Ultrasound shows my right ovary is engulfed by a large subtated cyst (probably endometrioma) and is sitting on the vaginal cuff...rectal exam shows, the mass is adhered to my rectum...Geezzzz, what next?....when will it end? The worst part, along with surgical menopause and no hormones for 6 months is
the Surgeon wants me on Lupron for 6 months.

Can anyone tell me what I may expect with all this, or offer some hope?

Thanks for listening,

Unread 01-26-2002, 05:03 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Kathy, I really appreciated reading your post here because it's what I'm hoping for In the last year, my stomach has swollen so much in the last year with the firbroids and endo, it feels so heavy and I look pregnant. I've read about the swelly belly and was afraid I would come home with an even bigger tummy. I had been hoping that with all this gunk removed from my stomach that my tummy would look more like it did about a year ago, not perfect, but not pregnant looking. And then when I get healed and get my energy back and am okay'd for exercise, I'll get my old figure back. I've felt so tired and sore lately that I've put on 30 lbs in a year. Not sure if it's all due to that or what, but I hurt when I workout these days so haven't done it in a long time.
Unread 01-26-2002, 05:04 PM
What is the REAL deal with the swelly belly?

Oops, just read that, I meant Karen, not Kathy.

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