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Unread 02-16-2002, 02:35 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

I am two weeks post -op for TAH and I have a portion of my incision that is not heeling. I went to the doc on V-day and found out that I had a hematoma. Now I have a nurse that has to come to my home twice a day for 7 days. I am frustrated and tired of laying down and keeping still. I know I have to and I will, but I am about to go crazy here. Anyway, I wanted to know who has experienced this and what were you told about the condition? Is it normal for me to be weepy, i still have my ovaries?

Danielle
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Unread 02-16-2002, 04:54 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

{{{Danielle}}}

I'm sorry you are having a complication. I healed fine from my TAH, but I did have an incisional infection a few years ago from another abdominal surgery, and it was no fun! You're right, it's hard to lay down and stay still, but it's so important. You hang in there! Get lots of sleep and drink a lot of fluids! You need to heal. Have someone go to the video store or library for you so you have something to keep you busy.

As far as feeling weepy, well, I was pretty weepy for about a month after my surgery (I have my ovaries, too). This is major surgery and it's tough on a person! And sometimes hormones can be a little out of whack for a short time after surgery. If you develop other symptoms that might indicate a hormone problem (hot flashes, problems sleeping, stuff like that) make sure to call your doctor. Or call your doctor sooner if you have any concerns at all about your recovery.

Good luck ! Get better quickly!

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Unread 02-16-2002, 08:10 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

(((((Danielle))))))) Don't have any advice...just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you.

Sending healing thoughts your way.
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Unread 02-17-2002, 07:31 AM
Open Wound

Danielle, I am 10 weeks post-op tomorrow for my first surgery (TAH/BSO) and Tuesday I will be 9 weeks post-op for my second surgery. I had an infection set in and that is why I had the 2nd surgery. Anyway, they had to leave my incision open after the 2nd one and it is still open. It has FINALLY started to close. It was 17cms long and 3-4cms deep. Home Health Nurse has been out every day since coming home from the hospital. They actually had me on the wrong pain meds for 2 months and once we figured that out, I started healing very well. It is now down to about 9cms long and 1cm deep. I actually can take the bandage and gauze out my self and jump in the shower and clean it now, which is also helping the healing. Do as your dr's say and please be careful. You don't want to be back down off your feet once you can start back to living. I will say a prayer for you and I really hope you feel much better soon.

Sarah

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Unread 02-17-2002, 04:49 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

Hi Danielle.

I was just curious as to if you had any other symptoms besides your incision not closing.

I had an area that took longer to close and stop weeping, and now I notice that when I press the area around the incision I can feel a lump and it is sore under there. This is about a 2 inch area and I was just worried that maybe something is brewing under there as I don't feel anything like it anywhere else on my incision line.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Unread 02-17-2002, 06:15 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

Hi,

My incision opened up 10 days after surgery. About 1 inch long and 2 inches deep and also off to one side on the inside so that at the bottom it was about 2 inches wide. I had a nurse come out twice a day the first week, then I started doing it myself after that. It's been 4 weeks and today it's finally small enough, about 1/2 inch deep that I stopped dressing it. So it took over 4 weeks. I see my doctor this Wednesday and I hope its healed by then. I'm so sick of having to change the gauze twice a day.

I also got a slight infection the first week along the incision where it had some redness, so my doctor had me on antibiotics for a week. Then a week and a half after I finished those, I got another infection in my abdomen. On the second infection, my abdomen swelled up and was very tender and sore, hard to walk. I thought it was because I had given my cat a bath the day before and he doesn't like baths, so I was doing a lot of twisting about trying to get him in a head lock with one arm while I washed him with the other hand. I thought I had pulled loose some internal stitches. So I layed around all day not moving thinking that would make it go away. My sister who's a nurse came over and looked at it and got me to the hospital right away for some antibiotics. The doctor said it was cellulitis. I had a slight fever and when she said that, I thought she ment that I had cellulite developing in my abdomen. Confused me.

My sister told me that it was an infection. Otherwise I would have been puzzled as to why I needed to take antibiotics for cellulite. Anyway, its almost six weeks for me and I'm feeling great. I did try some pushups - 10, crunches, and some other exercises last week because I was feeling so great and lived to regret that! Had stabbing pains in my stomach all day afterwards so I'm going to take it easy for another few weeks. Just doing some light yoga now.
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Unread 02-17-2002, 06:55 PM
redness in area under incision

I am sort of scared myself. I have had a terrible cough since surgery (17 days post op). I went to the doc Friday, this is Sunday and yesterday I noticed that under the incision on one side there is alot of redness. Also, it is very swollen in the whole area under my incision ( I had a bikini incision). The doc said to maybe put some heat on the swelling and it would go away eventually. Problem is, I don't remember it being this red when I went to the doc. Now, I am worried that some infection is setting in or maybe I pulled some of the stitches loose. It is pretty sore down there. Does anyone know how you can tell if you have an infection or hematoma? I am scared that this cough has done something to interfere with my healing. I am going to call the doc tomorrow but wanted input from some of you who may have been thru it too.

Thanks,
Sheila
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Unread 02-17-2002, 07:36 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

Hi Sheila,

The two main clues for an infection are redness and a fever. When I first called my doctor about the redness spreading from my incision during week 2, she asked if I had a fever and I said no, so she said it was OK. But the next day when I saw her for my normal checkup and she saw how red it was, she put me on antibiotics for a week. The next time, a few weeks later, I had a fever of 99.4 and just a little redness spreading across my lower abdomen, but it was also swollen and sore, the emergency room doctor put me on much stronger antibiotics for 10 days. Infections are very serious and if you suspect you have one, you should see a doctor immediately. Doctors really shouldn't diagnose problems over the phone, they need to see it.
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Unread 02-19-2002, 09:44 PM
Infection

Hi! Well, I went back to the doc today because I was concerned about the redness and swelling under my incision. I'm glad I did! He told me that the hardness and some swelling in the area under the incision is normal but I was pretty swollen and red. The incision looks pretty good. Also, they took my temp and it was 100.5. I still have the cough I have had for two weeks now which also does not help. He prescribed a heating pad and 500 mg of Amoxil 3 times a day. I am to go back to be checked in a week, but he did not tell me that there was anything I couldn't do as long as I take it easy. So, I guess I was right and did have an infection. When I got out of the hospital I was on Keflex for about 6 days. I wonder if they just took me off of the antibiotic too early. I am curious why some of you had to have your incision opened up and packed. He told me in most cases, an antibiotic will work. It depends on the type of bacteria at work in there. He did say that if I use a heating pad there could be some drainage. Yuck! I would welcome any information you have on infections and your experiences. I want to avoid this getting any worse!

Thanks,
Sheila
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Unread 02-25-2002, 05:52 PM
Open wound two weeks post-op

My incision started to bleed after 4 weeks. Scared me to death!! I didn't call the Dr. because i knew what caused it...I picked up and kept picking up and holding my 19 month old nephew from PA who weighs 32 pounds. The day after I held him, I hurt all over. Oh yea, I almost forgot... I also wiped a little bright pink blood after I tinkled. Could that have been from the internal exam I had that morning(went for 4 wk. check up)?



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