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   Posted 7/14/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband had laproscopic surgery and had his rectum removed and anus closed two weeks ago. He is still having some swelling in his lower stomach/pelic area. There isn't any drainage from his lap sites and all five sites are closed and he doesn't have a fever. Is it normal to have swelling in this area? After I had a hysterectomy, I had what they called "swelly belly" for weeks afterwards. Is this simular?

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   Posted 7/14/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Nancy, I am wondering the exact same thing about myself. I had surgery 3 weeks and 2 days ago. I was supposed to have surgery laproscopic, but the doctor ended up cutting me like a c-section cut, but it is longer. Above the cut, where I have excess skin from having babies, it is very swollen, tender to the touch, and kind-of hard....I am hoping I don't have any type of infection....and it looks gross and I hope it doesn't stay like this. EWWWW Tracy
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy

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   Posted 7/23/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like regular post-surgery swelling to me. It's only been two weeks and if there is no fever and the areas are not hot to the touch, it doesn't sound like an infection.

*I'm not a doctor/nurse, anything really. If you feel you have infection symptoms, let your Dr know immediately.
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   Posted 7/23/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds like just swelling after surgery to me also. That swelling can last for two or three months actually.
And the top of my scar was tender to the touch for probably 6 months, and its still harder there than the rest of my stomach.
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