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03 Jun 2004

stomach and bowel discomfort following surgery
I had a laparotomy 10 days ago to remove a large ovarian cyst. The surgeon has checked me out and says that the incision and internals all look fine on the scan (no bleeding etc.), however he cannot offer a satisfactory explanation for the bowel discomfort that I have felt ever since the op. He also can't explain why my abdomin is still so distended. He says that there is no swelling and so the distention must be due to bowels. I have severe cramps all day long after eating, while passing gas and on bowel movements. The op caused a lazy bowel for a few days. This seems to have correted itself, because I am now having 2-5 small stools a day. I am very uncomfortable. I have never had a big tummy and have also never had digestive discomfort. I used to go to the loo once a day very comfortably. Could there be a more serious problem with my bowels, due to the op or do you think this will correct itself in time. I am completely stressed out about this. It is causing me far more anxiety than just the actual surgical incision pain itself. Please help!!
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01 Jan 0001

Nats, it sounds like it is all due to the operation and it should start clearing up slowly. If it doesn’t do so within the next week or so, the best would be to see your GP about it. Good luck.
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