Has anyone had a laparotomy?

goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
What can you tell me about post-op recovery? Pain? Swelling?
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Yes, I did. I was in a fair amount of discomfort after I got out of the surgical center (outpatient surgery). I went home, took a painkiller and went straight to bed.

    I was uncomfortable for a couple days, but nothing awful. I had a bit of swelling, and that post-surgery feeling of your innards moving back into place, but that was it.

    I had the surgery on a Thursday and was back to work with no issues on Monday, but I took it really easy in between times.
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Wow!

    I had surgery last Saturday (not this past one) and was discharged from the hospital Wednesday. I just had my follow-up appointment and they don't expect me to be back at work for at least another two weeks.
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Goldy, I hope your healing goes well. I may have a laparotomy in a few weeks.
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks DA. Mine was an emergency so I didn't have any time to actually mentally prepare, I'm still quite shaken up by everything.

    I hope everything works out for you if you have a laparotomy. Hopefully your recovery will be more like PHs :)
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    goldy wrote: »
    Wow!

    I had surgery last Saturday (not this past one) and was discharged from the hospital Wednesday. I just had my follow-up appointment and they don't expect me to be back at work for at least another two weeks.

    I expect we had different surgeries. I think "laparotomy" is just HOW they open you up, not what they do while they're in there.
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    Oh hell. Mine was a laparoscopy, not a laparotomy. Sorry. :D Hope you feel better soon!
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  • newcurlynewcurly Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote: »
    Yes, I did. I was in a fair amount of discomfort after I got out of the surgical center (outpatient surgery). I went home, took a painkiller and went straight to bed.

    I was uncomfortable for a couple days, but nothing awful. I had a bit of swelling, and that post-surgery feeling of your innards moving back into place, but that was it.

    I had the surgery on a Thursday and was back to work with no issues on Monday, but I took it really easy in between times.

    Are you sure you had a laparotomy? A big, midline type incision into your abdominal cavity or a lower "bikini" incision? Is it possible it was a laparoscopy where they put a camera in? I can't think of a single laparotomy that is an outpatient procedure. Every single patient with an open abdominal cavity stays for at least 20 hours or so post-op, usually more. The only thing I can think of would be an appendectomy (which isn't a true laparotomy) and those patients CAN go home the same day depending on the surgeon and the time of day, but 90% will end up staying overnight.
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  • whatsercurlwhatsercurl Posts: 4,049Registered Users
    goldy wrote: »
    Thanks DA. Mine was an emergency so I didn't have any time to actually mentally prepare, I'm still quite shaken up by everything.

    I hope everything works out for you if you have a laparotomy. Hopefully your recovery will be more like PHs :)

    I had an emergency laparotomy the year before my son was born. I was NOT prepared for the pain when I came too after the surgery. I was in the hospital for almost a week. Once discharged, it was at least another week before I was freely mobile - standing erect that is. I was told to take 4-6 weeks off work. I took 4 and should've taken 6. I was completely exhausted the first week back.

    My one piece of advice - if you're still hunched over when walking, force yourself to stand upright even though it will be extremely painful at first. I had a C section the year after my surgery which was the same pain. Because it was, I knew how to handle it. The first day I was up and about after having the baby, I forced myself to stand upright. It was very difficult but my recovery was much quicker.

    Hope you're healing and that everything is ok with you.
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  • CurlyHairedFarmerCurlyHairedFarmer Posts: 3,079Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I had one almost 2 years ago now. I had severe swelling of my stomach, we are talking I look like I gained 15-20 pounds in the belly area. I also had severe pain and could not get out of bed alone or get into or out of the shower without assistance.

    It took 2 weeks for the swelling to go down and 3 for pain to almost minimize.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    goldy wrote: »
    Thanks DA. Mine was an emergency so I didn't have any time to actually mentally prepare, I'm still quite shaken up by everything.

    I hope everything works out for you if you have a laparotomy. Hopefully your recovery will be more like PHs :)
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  • SpiderSpider Posts: 3,381Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    PartyHair wrote: »
    Oh hell. Mine was a laparoscopy, not a laparotomy. Sorry. :D Hope you feel better soon!


    Yep- that's what I had too as an outpatient procedure. The worst part of this for me was the gas pockets rising up to my shoulders once I got home. Crap, it really hurt.
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  • popcornpopcorn Posts: 212Registered Users
    Husband had one a couple of years ago. As often is the case, his was also an emergency. Spent about 8 days in the hospital, and it was about 8 weeks before he was remotely back to himself. (He wasn't working at the time, but probably wouldn't have gone back before 6 weeks anyway.) By 6 months out, he was pretty much recovered.

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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Spider wrote: »
    PartyHair wrote: »
    Oh hell. Mine was a laparoscopy, not a laparotomy. Sorry. :D Hope you feel better soon!


    Yep- that's what I had too as an outpatient procedure. The worst part of this for me was the gas pockets rising up to my shoulders once I got home. Crap, it really hurt.

    Ugh. I've had two laps and that was what I remember as the worst part.

    Feel better soon, Goldy!
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I'm glad to hear all this swelling and pain that I have is normal -- I'm just not used to the adult world of medicine/surgery. My surgery was lengthy for what it was, and the pain before the surgery was quite significant as well. It's just hard being unable to just get up and go.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Ok, no one is asking, so I will :)
    What did you have a lap for?
    you can tell me to mind my own business...lol
    
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,463Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    WileE, you have a pm
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    Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master! :lol:
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users Curl Neophyte
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    and then the baby making begins, right? ok, I'll shaddup
    
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