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    Anterior swelling?

    Ok I am a little over 3 months out from getting wacked now. For the last several weeks I have had this huge lump where they went threw the front. I mean huge. 2 weeks ago they sent me in for a cat scan. Nothing shows up. No hernia no nothing. They tell me it is just post op swelling. Damn, has anyone else had this? When does it go away? This thing is getting hard as well as bigger but all the doctors say it's just swelling. Please let me know if this too has happened to you.
    Jess
    March 23, 2006 Anterior/posterior Ileum-T2
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    Jess...

    Do a Google search on "incisional hernia."

    --Linda

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    yes

    I had anterior surgery on 5/8/06 and my stomach is still swollen. My clothes don't fit! My Dr. also said that the swelling will eventually go away. It feels like a bloated pouch and looks like I'm in early pregnancy.
    Jenn
    37 y/o female
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    45 degree thoracic
    1st time anterior/posterior surgery May 8th and 10th 2006
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    If you're swollen evenly across the abdomen, it's probably not an incisional hernia.

    --Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine
    If you're swollen evenly across the abdomen, it's probably not an incisional hernia.

    --Linda
    Like I said the cat scan says no hernia, byt it hurts like hell.
    March 23, 2006 Anterior/posterior Ileum-T2
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    Backtalk,

    Didn't you have some sort of bowel disease after your first surgery and could that be reactivated again?

    Deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cakedec
    Backtalk,

    Didn't you have some sort of bowel disease after your first surgery and could that be reactivated again?

    Deb
    Yes, I had a twisted bowel for a while, although the Cat Scan ruled that out also.
    March 23, 2006 Anterior/posterior Ileum-T2
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackTalk
    Like I said the cat scan says no hernia, byt it hurts like hell.
    An incisional hernia is not a true hernia, so does not show up any standard tests.

    --Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine
    An incisional hernia is not a true hernia, so does not show up any standard tests.

    --Linda
    That must be what I have then.
    March 23, 2006 Anterior/posterior Ileum-T2
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    From this paper:

    http://www.ejbjs.org/cgi/content/full/88/8/1897

    Under "Adult Spinal Deformity":

    The most common complication is chronic pain and asymmetric bulging of the ipsilateral abdominal body wall musculature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine
    From this paper:

    http://www.ejbjs.org/cgi/content/full/88/8/1897

    Under "Adult Spinal Deformity":

    The most common complication is chronic pain and asymmetric bulging of the ipsilateral abdominal body wall musculature.
    Hi Linda, I kinda understand whatthat tells me but can you set me on to a site that would maybe help me to understand it a little better. Pictures would be nice LOL. Thank you so much for the help.
    Jess
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    Are you serious???? Is this what I can expect to look like following anterior sugery? Or is this an extreme case?

    Chris

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    The folks in the pictures look pretty hefty to begin with -- I would imagine your bulge would be proportional to the rest of you -- I hope?

    Is there anything a person can do to lessen their chances of an incisional hernia or is it just the luck of the draw??

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    I had some swelling and soreness around my anterior incision. I equated it to looking like I was in my first trimester. Swelling went down after about 1 month. I think the patients in the photos were overweight to begin with.
    Brandi
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    Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy @ L3, Posterior Spinal Fusion L2-L4, rod removal with re-instrumentation T10-S1 and Laminectomy February 5, 2009 to correct flatback
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