Swelling at upper abdomen

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cat98037
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   Posted 4/11/2013 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.

I am10 days post NF/paraesophageal hernia repair. I have been fortunate with no swallowing problems or pain.

I noticed today tho, that my upper abdomen is more swollen. It doesn't hurt. It just feels full. The swelling is new. I promise, post surgery, it looked like I had a little tummy tuck. Iwas surprised. But the area has become more swollen over the last few days. I'm still passing gas, etc....

Why does my upper stomach look larger now?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/12/2013 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
cat-

You are getting into the max swelling stage. I had this type of swelling with all 3 of my nissens. Mine was a bit more on the left side.

Take care,
Bill
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cat98037
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   Posted 4/12/2013 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Bill.

I think you are right. And when I look at it closely, the left side is slightly larger. I had a hydrocortisone injection during surgery for steroid induced stress-surgery dose. So, I figured that was why there was no swelling. It's still easy to swallow and I am down to 10mg of my prednisone taper. Maybe thats why I didn't have too many post op problems, like swallowing.

When can I expect this upper abd swelling to improve? I was hoping to lose at least 10-20# but I think the steroids are not going to allow that.

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   Posted 4/12/2013 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
cat-

Mine took 2 to 3 week to go all the way down. I think my 1st redo went down the quickest.

Take care,
Bill
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cat98037
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   Posted 4/13/2013 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok guys. My upper abdomen looks 9 months pregnant now. A drastic change considering it was flat post op. I'm passing gas, good but frequent bowel movements. My upper abdomen is slightly tender to touch, so much that I asked my surgeon to call in pain meds. I have not had very much post op pain. My appetite is good. No nausea. I'm day 12 post op and I know to expext swelling but h a d no idea that my abdomen would appear huge, huge, huge!!! Is this normal???

dencha
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   Posted 4/13/2013 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy,
It's normal to have some abdominal bloating after surgery, which is why people tend to wear comfortable, elastic waistbands for a while.  Still, if you're having extreme bloating that is worrying you, the best place to check it out is by calling your surgeon.  Any time you're concerned about anything at all, give them a call.  They got paid the big bucks to do the surgery, and they need to help you deal with bothersome post-op symptoms.
 
It's good to hear your appetite is good and that you're feeling pretty well generally.  I'm especially happy to hear that your lungs have already responded to the surgery.  That's great!
 
So if the bloating/swelling is making you uncomfortable or concerned at all, give your surgeon's office a call.  I'm sure they'd want you to!
Hang in there!
Denise
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

cat98037
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   Posted 4/13/2013 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Denise. I guess that I thoought the swelling would be internal and not external. Is it supposed to be external as well? Just between yesterday and today, it is larger. My surgeon is out of town. He's headed to Baltimore to teach a conference. I just want my flatter stomachback. sad

dencha
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   Posted 4/13/2013 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy,
Generally the swelling we talk about in the first two weeks is internal at the wrap site.  It makes it increasingly more difficult to swallow.  I don't remember excessive swelling that comes on suddenly like that, although it's certainly possible that others here have. 
 
Still, I'd call your doctor's office. There must be somebody on call who could talk to you about what you're experiencing.  It's always better to check with your surgeon whenever there's something happening that you don't understand or is bothering you.
 
Your surgery is still pretty recent, and I'm sure the office is used to getting lots of calls with questions. 
You don't want to assume anything.  Most likely it's just normal swelling, but I think it's wise to ask.  I know that most people (myself included) have to wear "fat pants" for quite a while after the surgery because of bloating, so that part's very normal.
 
I'm sure it's fine, but if it were me I'd check on what the surgeon thinks.
BTW, I think you'll still lose plenty of weight in the next six months if you want to.  This surgery does help with weight loss!
Happy healing,
Denise 
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

cat98037
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   Posted 4/13/2013 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise,


You're awesome!
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