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Lorz
07-18-2011, 08:58 AM
I was just wondering how long it took for most of you for the swelling around the incision to go away? I am almost 6 weeks post-op, and still have a considerable amount. The incision has been healed for a while.

KathK
07-19-2011, 10:04 AM
Lori,

I think it took about 4 months for all of my swelling to get resolved. I had a lot of abdominal swelling/fluid retention. I think the swelling in my back resolved gradually also in a "top down" manner.

The reduction of numbness in my back has been an even more gradual process. I am no longer numb on my right side and have only a 1 inch by 3 inch square of numbness on my left side.

Lorz
07-20-2011, 09:08 AM
Thanks! That makes me feel what I am experiencing is normal, and just takes time to resolve.

tata
07-21-2011, 02:54 PM
Lorz, does it hurt, itch or give you a burning feeling?

Those would be signs of infections from the internal stiching although I'm sure you'd noticed if that was the case. It happed to me 3 weeks after surgery.

As for the numbness, it took months to completely fade away. Even now, 11 months gone, there's still one small zone on my lower back with a "different" sensation (not easy to explain)

Lorz
07-21-2011, 03:21 PM
Lorz, does it hurt, itch or give you a burning feeling?

Those would be signs of infections from the internal stiching although I'm sure you'd noticed if that was the case. It happed to me 3 weeks after surgery.

As for the numbness, it took months to completely fade away. Even now, 11 months gone, there's still one small zone on my lower back with a "different" sensation (not easy to explain)

No, it doesn't especially hurt, itch or burn. It is just annoying. It feels heavy and tight. Sorry that happened to you, and I hope everything is ok now.

tata
07-21-2011, 05:55 PM
Thanks for the good wishes. It was all under control after a few days. It's been 11 months now since surgery and I'm feeling quite ok. :) Hope you recover fast too!