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6-12 months for swelling???????? 6-12 months for swelling????????

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Unread 05-08-2002, 09:28 PM
6-12 months for swelling????????

I was just reading a post and someone said that the doctor said it takes 6-12 months for swelling to go down? Did I read right? Oh my goodness. Can any of you tell me.............did you have to buy bigger clothes to wear after your surgery? I'm a size 10 right now and was hoping to get down to a size 8 by surgery. I guess I better save my size 10 clothes. Last summer I was an easy size 8 and I want to wear my clothes from then. My surgery(TAH) is June 25th. Should I give up on that idea? I guess I'm in shock! I remember after my lap, I looked 6 months pregnant for about a week. I guess I was expecting something like that. I would love some info on this

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Unread 05-08-2002, 09:54 PM
6-12 months for swelling????????

I know you don't want to hear this but... I will be 4 months post-op the 15th and I still have a swelly belly. It's not bad but does get worse if I've done a lot. I clean houses and I worked hard today and my belly needs Motrin and sleep. I'm a little sore from all I've done today. Remember, everyone is different and it's a small price to pay for how good I feel!!! Karlene
Unread 05-08-2002, 09:59 PM
6-12 months for swelling????????

Karlene....is it enough of a swelly belly that you have to wear larger clothes, or do your regular clothes just feel a little tighter? I can deal with this, but I had these images of me wearing a tankini this summer and showing just a little bit of my tummy You are right, it is a small price to pay for feeling better. I just didn't realize that the swelly belly lasted so long. Oh well. I just want to be prepared, so that's why I'm asking
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Unread 05-08-2002, 10:01 PM

I think most of mine was gone at about 8 weeks. And yes it is usually more pronounced in the evening after you have been active. I would hang on to your larger clothes for awhile, especially the first few weeks.
I actually lost 10 pounds in the hospital so was a little smaller in spite of the swelly belly. But as you know we are all different.
What I have heard about the 6-12 months is that, that is how long it takes to completely heal internally. Doesn't necessarily mean you are swollen that long.
Unread 05-08-2002, 10:09 PM
6-12 months for swelling????????

Sorry to say that this swelly belly is still with me after 3 1/2 months post-op. I am also a size 8 and lost 12 lbs after surgery. I have since gained back 6-7 lbs and I am in my size 8 jeans again, but I often un-zip throughout the day. I complain to the doctor that I am still swollen, and all she can say is no your not. I always had a flat tummy, but know it just pops out. I do hope that this goes away in time. I guess I have to wait and see.

This swelly belly can get depressing.

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Unread 05-09-2002, 05:08 AM
my bellly

My TAH was 1/28 and I still have swelly belly,especially towards the afternoon. I have also noticed that it's not just my belly, but up above it - and although I am far from thin, I have never really had much of a belly before surgery. I, too, have to unzip jeans and if I'm just running to the store I tend to just put on elastic waist sweats. I humbly bow to middle age - if this is my trade off for how lousy I felt before surgery, I'll take the belly anytime!
Unread 05-09-2002, 05:35 AM

I know this sounds vain, but 6 to 12 months of swelly belly? Oh my my! :cry: All the exercising I do I have always been bigger in the abs. I was truly hoping that would go away with this surgery.
Unread 05-09-2002, 05:38 AM
6-12 months for swelling????????

I'm now 7 months post-op and still have a swelly belly. I've lost 23 lbs since my surgery through diet and exercise and in the last two months have done many crunches and ab exercises. It's still there and more pronounced in the evening. The ab muscles that are now showing disappear down into my small little protruding belly. I notice that the shorts and jeans that I wore when I was last this weight are tight because of it. I plan to bring my weight down about 5 pounds below what it was then to accomadate my new belly. But as the last lady said, I'll trade a small belly any day for the nightmare my life was before the surgery! Besides, my husband says that it's sexy!
Unread 05-09-2002, 06:02 AM
6-12 months for swelling????????

I wear my jeans, but when I work or am at home I opt for the elastic waist (or jammies ) A size 10??? Wear the bathing suit with a smile on your face. I just "remember" a size 10!! Besides, you can wear it when-ever you want...worry free Oh ...my dh thinks it's sexy too, he said something about a "renewed spark"!!! Karlene
Unread 05-09-2002, 09:15 PM
i know 2 people who had totally different experiences

one was my sister she had a swelly, swelly belly for months ,but i think that was because she was in a lot of pain and didn't want to walk or move around .
the other person was a co -worker she walked around alot and she didn't even have a swelly belly .

what do y'all think does walking help? oh also 2 of the ladies at work and my husband suggest i use the belly binder or girdles
they say it helps to heal faster

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