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Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed! Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed!

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Unread 02-18-2003, 06:14 PM
Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed!

Hi Girlfriends,

I was wondering if anyone has gone through the same hell, (can I say that?) that I have since my surgery Nov. 25,2002.

A little history here. I had my Hysterectomy and the right ovary removed on March 18, 2002. I am 39 yrs. old 3 kids married almost 19 yrs. Things seemed o.k. after the first surgery.
I had an abdominal incision and alot of scar tissue to remove from 3 previous c-sections. I stayed in the hospital for 5 days from a fever that no one could really figure out why I had one. I recovered slow from the surgery. Move forward 8 months and lots of pain to my left side,the ovary that my Dr. left on purpose so I would not have to take hormones because of a blood-clot to the right thigh that I have had from the Norplant birth control since 1995. So I had a delimma, leave the ovary that was slowly leaking something or take that sucker out and deal with hormones later. Well we opted to get the ovary out with a 6 inch abdominal incision of course because of more scar tissure to remove. Well 8 days after surgery it was time to remove the staples in my Drs. office well the dang thing blew, I'm not kidding, the incision busted wide open full of blood and infection. You should have seen my Drs. eyes and the eyes of her nurse, they couldn't believe what they were seeing. The course of treatment for somthing like that is Home Health nurses to come to my house twice a day to "pack" the wound which was 6 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep. Fun hua? It got even more exciting when they had to teach my husband a foreman for a construction site how to pack it so they would not have to come out so often! My hubby was great about it even my 12 yr. old daughter learned to do it. We had some good jokes going when it was time to be packed like, " honey come on in here i've got my gloves on and i'm ready to pack you" you get the idea! So I guess my question is has this happened to anyone else and how long does the pain last? I am still on pain meds and the incision is still about an inch and a half long but no longer needs to be packed. Any info from anyone would be super welcome.
Friends, shellyd
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Unread 02-18-2003, 09:15 PM
Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed!

shellyd- sending big s your way dear. That doesn't sound like fun at all. I haven't read any other post to this extreme, I guess that makes you special hopefully someone will come along soon with some answers. Just wanted to send my best wishes your way and hope that you will continue to recover and get beyond this pain issue.

Unread 02-18-2003, 11:02 PM
Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed!

Hi, sorry to hear about your complications. I had a simular problem, but not as bad as yours. My Hyst. was 1-8-03. I'm right at my 6 wk mark. At my 2 wk. check-up it looked like I was starting a small infection at the top of my ab. incision. I had 18 staples which were removed 5 days after surgery. My Dr. said, lets see if your body can handle this, it does'nt look to bad. Well, about a week later I had a 5 inch diameter pus pocket under my skin and the incision split open about 3 inches down. After about 2 wks of pain and lots of draining (yuk) I called in. They had me come in and get antibiotics. They also took a scapel and re-opened more of the incision to drain more. Said I needed to heal from the inside out. I was to keep "working" at that pus pocket to keep it draining and to keep the incision from closing. The infection is now healing and I'm waiting for the incision to finish closing up, again. I guess it just takes time, and sometimes lots of time. I hope for healing for you too. Getting better seems to take a lot of work and patience. But I know it will all be worth it. I know reading about everyone elses experiences lets you know that we all heal at different rates with lots of different kinds of complications. Take Care, CarSue
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Unread 02-19-2003, 07:42 AM
Abdominal Incision Opening up after staples removed!

I haven't had an incision bust open but I did have one intentionally reopened. Many years ago I had a laprodectomy and my incision kept bleeding. At first my doc's answer was to strap a kotex across my belly.

Eventually he realized that something was really wrong and I had to see a wound specialist. The doc reopened the incision and busted up the hematomas and blood clots. The incision was than cleaned and packed. I had to see him daily for about 2 weeks and than he showed me how to clean and pack it myself and I was able to do it at home.

I know what you mean about gross! Even my dh almost fainted when he saw me cleaning it while showering one day.

I was very distressed at the sight of it, but the doctor assured me that it would heal and close up on its own. I wasn't so sure, but it eventually did.

Good luck Shelley, follow the doc's instructions and keep it cleaned and packed and it should heal.

Unread 03-04-2003, 03:06 AM
Incision bursting

Hey Shelly,

I am a former RN and have seen many abdominal incisions open up and drain, but have never had it happen to me until now! I had my TAH with BSO on Feb 19th 2003. Went into the Dr's office on the 27th to have the staples removed, all went well until I sat up on the exam table and then all He## broke loose! I lost about 200cc of serosanquinous fluid (blood mixed with clear fluid) that had a horrible odor to it. The bottom 2 inches of my incision dehisced and opened wide up! My DH, thank god is also in the medical field, is having to clean and dress it two times a day now. I went yesterday for a follow-up and the Dr was still able to express a lot of fluid from the open incision, so he took the steri-strips off to let the wound stay open and drain. I was beginning to think I was the only one having these types of problems. I take prednisone 10mg daily for urticarial vasculitis (autoimmune disorder) which slows the healing process anyway without all these other problems. I told me DH if the Doctors would have done this TAH w/BSO 19 years and 100 pounds agao it sure would have been much easier! I send prayers *prayer* and hugs to you! Please keep us posted on how things heal!

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