Abdomen swelling after surgery

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siloamsandy
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   Posted 7/11/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone out there know how long it takes for the swelling to go completely away after liver transplant?
 
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hep93
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hopefully, David will be able to give his input on that.  How long has it been now since your transplant?  Are you on prednisone?

Hugs,

Connie



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**David**
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have any, but then losing 25 pounds after the surgery will do that to you. I wasn't overweight to begin with. I'm closing on a year and have a slight gut, due to not having the muscles (cut during surgery) to do sit ups. I never had swelling. How long was your drain in? Mine came out the day I left (day 10). Some patients have them in for weeks, or months. Is there any pain? As Connie said, are you taking any steroids?
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siloamsandy
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   Posted 7/17/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Am on Prednisone, but only until the 29th of this month. No drains left in. My drains came out the day before I was released from the hospital. It's been about one month and 11 days since my surgery. I guess the steroids could be causing the swelling but how about the numbness? I guess when I go back to doctor in September, I'll ask him. I'm not too concerned about it, but it would be nice to be able to at least sleep on my side for a change.

Thank you...
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hep93
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   Posted 7/17/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Swelling is probably a combination of Prednisone and post-op swelling. Where is the numbness? If it's around the incision area, that is normal.
You seem to be doing well, but I'm rather surprised that they don't want you to follow up until Sept.

Hugs,
Connie
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   Posted 7/17/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
You can sleep on your side and not hurt anything. At first, it felt as if my liver shifted, when I was on my side. The surgeon said "he had it in tight," and many patients have those worries. Now, a year later, no weird feelings, though the area on the outside of the incision is still numb. But, at first I couldn't feel my side if my hand was touching the area. Today it's less numb and I can feel where my hand is. It could be worse, many if not most recipients experience pain, sometimes a lot of it. I'll take numb and weird, over pain. I suppose I had some swelling afterward, though losing so much weight, hid it. I'd be willing to bet that you are way better than before. I now know just how sick I was, because of how great I feel today.
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shadowsghost
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   Posted 7/17/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I think for 6 weeks post op you are doing great!!!!!!!!!!! The only negative to sleeping on your side after abdominal surgery is the extra pressure on the site especially if your bloated. The numbness is the nerves that are also cut, some will reconnect some wont but that takes up to a year. I have had two major abdominal surgeries and alot of the sensations came back just weird feeling even the texture of the skin is different in the areas that didnt come totally back. Keep getting better.......
Sue
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siloamsandy
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   Posted 7/18/2010 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! My area of numbness is not at the incision sight but below it. Like in the front around the belly button area. I suppose I can live with no pain but weird feeling. That is a LOT BETTER than having to live with pain!!! It's nice to know that this sight is here and a person can come to help understand what is going on. And it is getting better. Still afraid to try sleeping on my right side. I try to lay on my left side, but have to give it up after a few moments. Feels like my insides are being pushed to the right. I guess that will disappear too.

I saw my dr in June. He said I was doing great. But have to be seen every 3 months for ct on abdomen and bone scan. Have to have tumor marker done once a month.

Thank you, once again.
Hope you all are blessed as I have been.
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   Posted 7/18/2010 5:04 AM (GMT -7)   
ss, stop worrying about sleeping on right side. As I said earlier, it's fine. Unless your doctor said not to, go ahead. They would have told you if it was a problem to do so. Your insides feel like they're sloshing over, but it's fine. My numbness is to the bottom and outside of the incision.
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hep93
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   Posted 7/18/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Try putting a small or very soft pillow under your side that you want to sleep on.  It will give you a feeling of support.  Also, ask about having an MRI instead of a CT scan--very little radiation exposure that way.

Hugs,

Connie


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