Insicion area on tummy opening up a bit--has this happened to anyone?

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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Had my ileo performed about a month and a half ago, and I had it done laprascopically--so I have tiny insicions and one 6 inch "bikini" cut going sideways right below the underwear is this insicion that has opened (just a little--like half a centimeter--right at the end of the cut) and has been draining a small bit of fluid.  It is also very pink around that area, and hurts to push on it....I plan on calling the doc first thing in the morning, but has anyone else had this happen?  I am hoping it is not infected... :(
Also, the part of the insicion that has opened always had to have part of my wafer stuck over it, so I am thinking maybe this played a part in it opening...?  This week, I cut part of the edge of the wafer off so that it would not be stuck over the insicion and it could breath...

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   Posted 6/19/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not have me insicion open up, but my wafer would hit it. My ostomy nurse taught me to cut the wafer from the start and not to tape over that.

It is normal for an insicion to hurt when you push on it, even if it's not infected. It will even hurt to push on the scar for quite a while.

I hope you are ok!

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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
it is still tender for me to push on the scar and it's more than a year old!

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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a hernia repair and had a similar problem at the end of my incision. I know this sounds gross, but take a square piece of toilet paper and lightly press it on the open area and then see if you smell anything. That's a pretty sure way to tell if it's an infection. Mine smelled pretty bad so I had a culture done on it. I work at a doctor's office, so it was easy for me to get it done. I ended up having a wound infection and a two-week course of antibiotics cleared it up and it finally closed. Good luck.

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   Posted 6/21/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

summerstorm-- Wow!  still hurts after a year!  I can picture that, since mine hurts pretty bad when I push on it, and it does not seem to be lessening...I hate that it feels numb in some areas and painful in others...I just try to avoid the area altogether!

Pammysue, yeah I have been cutting my wafer like you said your nurse told you to--I wish mine had told me...! 

Irish mom--thanks for the tip--the fluid I have has no odor, so I am pretty sure it is not infected, thanks!! :)

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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
it doesnt' hurt, it just feels kind of tender especially after i do the weight thing for your tummy at the gym. I don't want you to get freaked out thinking it will "hurt" forever, sorry about that!

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   Posted 6/22/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
it happened to me, my family doctor gave me a cream to put to close the stoma need to stress...its called flamazine or something

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