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  #1  
Unread 02-02-2003, 09:57 AM
Question about "lump"...

Hi Ladies,

I had a TAH in June and then another surgery in December that required my doc to reopen and extend my abdominal incision. After my TAH...I never had much of a problem with the incision itself feeling lumpy or "rope like" just under the skin...what little I did have disappeared very quickly.

After surgery in December however I had ALOT of lumpiness just below the incision. My Dr suggested massaging the area with firm pressure..(not enough to cause pain) and that seems to have done the trick. It is MUCH better now..BUT....in one area there is a large lump..just smaller than a golf ball and it doesnt seem to be going away at all. At each of my post-op checks (4) with my dr, he would stick a syringe in that area and try to draw off fluid but he was never able to. I guess he was thinking it may be a hematoma...though I'm not sure.

I am wondering if any of you have experienced anything like this or know what it could be. I am beginning to get concerned that it might be an incisional hernia but I don't want to jump into any conclusions. I'm not scheduled to go back to my gyn until July.

Thanks for any input.

Dawn
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  #2  
Unread 02-02-2003, 12:20 PM
What about your family doc?

Hi Dawn

I'm wondering if your family doctor could answer your question here. At least s/he could advise you as to whether or not it would be a good idea to see the surgeon sooner.

Joselle
  #3  
Unread 02-02-2003, 12:31 PM
Question about "lump"...

(((Dawn))) I don't have a clue what that could be. I would have to agree with Joselle about asking you GP. Couldn't hurt.

P.S. Did you get my e-mail yesterday?
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Unread 02-02-2003, 01:25 PM
Thanks Ladies,

I guess I knew before asking that I would need to see my doc, was just wondering if any of you actually knew what an incisional looked or felt like.

Vicki, I did get your e-mail...beat hubby to it...haha.....He usually is the first one to check emails in the mornings on the weekends so Im gonna wait until tomorrow morning to reply. I feel like such a child...........can't send e-mails til monday.....Oh well. I'll holler at ya in the morning.

Lots of s to all. I just hate to go see doc again...it seems likeit'si always something...one thing after another...I'm also afraid that he WILL say it IS a hernia and needs to be repaired...I'm only less than 8 weeks out of surgery now. Thanks again gals.

If anyone has actually has an incisional hernia...how did it feel to the touch??
Dawn
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Unread 02-02-2003, 01:33 PM
I have an incisional hernia

Hi Dawn

Remember me? I've been doing a lot of complaining about this incisional hernia. I'm sure it varies a lot, but my hernia started far enough away from the outer incision that I didn't associate it with the incision at first. Eventually it spread and now encompasses a good deal of the incision and is on both sides of it. My belly button is an 'outy' instead of an 'inny' when I stand up.

My hernia has never been uncomfortable to the touch. It hurts when I've been standing up or sitting up for a period of time. The pain is mostly an ache or a pulling pain. Sometimes there is burning pain and I think this is when the hole is tearing and getting bigger. The important thing is that it continues to reduce when I lay down.

I don't know if what you have described could be a hernia. I mean of course it could be anything from what I know. But maybe it could be scar tissue or fluid. I know not all hernias show on the outside, but don't most of them?

Joselle
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Unread 02-02-2003, 02:01 PM
Scar tissue?

Don't know where my mind is lately and why I didn't mention this in my last post. I am 3 1/2 months post op and still have very knotty, hard tissue along my incision and along the left side of my abdomen in front of my hip (where most of the "work" was done.) It is tender to the touch. When I mentioned this to my gyn she said it was probably scar tissue (which would soften with time) or adhesions (which may get worse with time.) Maybe this is what you are feeling? Best to be safe though sweetie and have a M.D. check it.

P.S. on the e-mail! Will look for your reply tomorrow.
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Unread 02-03-2003, 07:29 AM
Thanks Ladies,

Joselle, I think that most hernias are visible or at the very least...can be felt. I think thats why I am so unsure of what this is ..because when I had an inguinal hernia repaired in December.....I only had the pain and pulling sensation..I was never actually able to see it or feel it with my hand. Now I'm getting the pulling sensation and a little pain associated in that area..but then again...it's also the same area that I had the hernia repaired before so I could just still be feeling that...who knows. Thanks..aren't you scheduled to have that hernia repaired pretty soon? This is not very noticable to me when I am standing up...it's mostly when I lie down.

Vicki, I've also been thinking that it could just be scar tissue or adhesions, that is the area of my incision that had re-opened and took so long to heal. The thing about that though.............is I was online looking up incisional hernias and I found an article that said if you were to get an icisional hernia it would be most likely to occur in any part of the incision that had re-opened or took a long time to heal. Again.....I'm probably letting my mind run away with me. I'm gonna give it some more time and see how it goes.

Thanks for ya'lls input.

Lots of 's to you both.

Dawn
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Unread 02-03-2003, 08:01 AM
Question about "lump"...

Dawn,

I'm sorry...I don't have any insight to shed on this for you. I just wanted to pop in to give you some S

I know you don't want to go to the docs...but I really think you should get this checked out sweetie.

Please let us know how you are and what the doc has to say....
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