• Swollen belly 4 months after hysterectomy

    Asked by hogfan03 on Monday, July 15, 2013

    Swollen belly 4 months after hysterectomy

    I had my first 4 month follow-up visit with gyn oncologist since da Vinci surgery. One of the questions I had was why my stomach would get so swollen early in the afternoons and stay that way till I woke up the next morning. I told him it feels like I am extremely bloated and uncomfortable and I cannot fit in most of my pre-surgery clothes. It has been 4 months since my surgery and he said after 2 months the swelling would be gone. He asked if I changed my diet and I said no. The two options he mentioned was gas and to watch my diet and eat foods containing good bacteria or that it could be scar tissue from the surgery. I asked how long it could last and he gave me the don't shoot me look but said there is a possibility it may not go away. Has anyone else experienced this? I have read on the hystersisters site that swelly belly can last 6 months to a year but my dr did not seem to agree. Is it gas or scar tissue? Tired of only being able to wear stretchy pants. Thoughts?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I didn't have the problem, but my surgery was followed by chemo, radiation, chemo. So, I wasn't able to eat during my treatment, so that kept my body pretty well dehydrated. I don't know if drinking more liquids would flush your system.

      about 2 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar
      Vjp2012

      I had a hysterectomy (regular, huge scar type) in December 2012. I am just now, 7 months later, starting to see some improvement in the swelling. I'd say a year is a more realistic amount of time. Surgery is a huge trauma to the body, as such the body takes time to heal and recover. But, if you feel your recovery isn't normal and something might be wrong, then listen to your body and contact a doctor. Good luck!

      about 2 years ago

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