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Unexpected open abdo surgery. Help dealing with recovery pain please!!! Ouch!!!

(27 Posts)
PeachyPossum Fri 08-Feb-13 08:41:14


I am freshly home after abdo surgery and wanted to ask for help and ideas dealing with the pain. I can only take paracetamol! I have cushions and a hot water bottle.

I went in for elective Nissan fundoplication on Saturday due to extreme reflux and associated side effects. Whilst on the table an artery was severed the retracted into my spleen. I was opened immediately and the spleen removed, I had two transfusions and have made a really good recovery so far. I am dealing with the pain from keyhole incisions as well as an incision from my bust to my bikini line. Bowels are functioning and I am eating little and often. I have to take anti biotics for life and these I think are contributing to the bowel pain.

Night times are worse, I cannot get comfortable and have deep back ache which I cannot shift, then I have bowel cramping and general pain from trauma during the op.

Tbh I am fairly upbeat (bloody lucky to have survived an arterial bleed out!!) but anything to ease the pain would be so welcome.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 12-Feb-13 20:39:36

Yay that sounds like great progress. Well done. The drain scar might well be your worst - it is mine, but getting better with time. Yum. Mac 'n' cheese.

PetiteRaleuse Sun 17-Feb-13 15:07:12

How are you OP?

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