How do we protect our wraps?

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IamDonna
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   Posted 11/25/2011 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I'm day 9 post op (sent home with no information apart from that I can eat everything as long as it's pureed) and have started wondering how to protect my wrap i.e. what will damage it? Is to OK to cough / sneeze? I've been told to lay off house work for 6 weeks but after that can I perform my usual chores, sports, exercise etc without worrying that the wrap will rip open?

I have a slight dry cough now mainly at night so that's what's sparked off my question - I'm trying to be 'good' to ensure I don't have to go through this again :-) to give the wrap every chance of healing as quick as possible so I can get back to normal :-)

Thank you
Donna

dencha
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   Posted 11/25/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,
Holey Moley, I can answer that question!  I had a lung infection before and after my surgery, and you wouldn't believe how hard I had to cough, almost constantly.  On top of that, high steroid usage had left my internal tissue extremely fragile, leading the surgeon to throw in a couple extra stitches.  I coughed nonstop for two and a half months, and my wrap (checked a year ago) was intact and fine.
 
Believe me, I was very fearful that my wrap would come undone.  It's not an unusual worry at all.  The surgeon and my GI doc both assured me that I would be okay, although my GI doc said, "So the worst that could happen is that you'd need a redo..no big deal"...not too comforting, huh?
 
Anyway, coughs and sneezes are no problem.  Use a pillow on your stomach to protect it, and ice on the incision that hurts (mine was the left rib area) for pain, and cough away.
 
Just be sure you have antinausea drugs available in case you get a stomach bug.  Vomiting or retching can definitely cause problems.
 
Have a great day!
Denise
 
 

IamDonna
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   Posted 11/25/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,

Poor you! that must have been awful. So all the usual activities and exercise after 6 weeks will be fine then - that's good. I just have visions of the internal stitches being pulled open and leaking all sorts into my stomach - probably from what the surgeon told me before the op that one of the risks is that the internal stitches will tear and I'll need to get to hospital very quickly as it could cause septicemia so have tried to be VERY careful.

I tried to get a prescription for anti nausea medicine but my GP wont give me one - he said I have to go see him if I get nausea... I asked because I had to get some yesterday after feeling really nauseaus - he gave me a few Prochlorperazine tablets but they don't work very quickly.

I'm quite taken aback by lots I've read on this board - I'm so happy I found it, my surgeon lead me to believe that I'd be back to normal with all activities and eating after 3 to 4 weeks - which is obviously incorrect - I'm seeing him on the 13th and he has a lot to answer to.

Thanks for your advice
Kind Regards
Donna

dencha
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   Posted 11/25/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna,
Really, it's unbelievable what the surgeons tell people.  I tried to pin my surgeon down as to when most of his patients are eating bread and steak, and he said around 8 weeks.  At least that's a little more realistic.
 
It is individual, though.  Most people try to be very careful with activity level--especially lifting for at least 6 weeks.  Some of us are even more conservative, waiting more like 6 months!  Better safe than sorry!  Most activities are fine long before that, but heavy lifting always needs to be watched...I'm talking HEAVY.
 
Have you tried to get the antinausea script from your surgeon?  I was able to get one from him and one from my PCP.  I would recommend the suppository version of the Compazine generic you're taking.  That way you're not putting it into your stomach.  Save the pills for later when you need something to carry with you.  My surgeon prescribed Zofran in a version that was just melted under the tongue. 
 
I had a bad stomach bug about 2 years into my recovery, and I found the Compazine suppository was the best.
 
Your PCP is unrealistic.  What if you come down with a stomach bug?  Mine came on without warning.  I wasn't even nauseous until I actually vomited.  Fortunately, I had the anti nausea drugs with me. 
 
Don't take no for an answer.
Good luck!
Denise
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