6 months post surgery and still tender/swollen

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Im 40 years old and had a total abdominal hysterectomy (vertical cut) in July 2015 following a borderline tumor removal. The surgery to remove the tumor was done 7 weeks prior to the hysterectomy and the same wound was re-opened.

i did lose a bit of weight after surgery (a stone) and had not far off a flat stomach, but I've noticed my abdomen is quite prominent and rounded now, and it's very tender when touched or leaned on. The scar itself has healed nicely and it's really starting to fade now, but I'm wondering if the shape and discomfort is normal? Could it be the muscle damage inside? I should be seeing my consultant in January as he told me I've to be followed up every 6 months but be interesting to hear from others. 

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    Hi Lisa

    Firstly I'm sorry you are also going through discomfort x I also had abdominal total hysterectomy in July this year also terrible pain and discomfort, I had investigation surgery on the 22nf of this month I am still very sore but pain left of my belly button worse than ever, after my surgery my consultant advised to take away the adhesions that has formed he would need to go in vertically this time to remove them, he said to think on it and he will see me in 6 weeks? I have emailed his secretary to beg for him to do the surgery as soon as possible one to rectify the pain and secondly so I can get on with my life xxx I believe you may also have adhesions due to double surgery and you should voice your concerns to your consultant, x please let me know what he or she says xxxx Nic

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      So I saw the consultant a couple of weeks ago for my 6month f/u appointment. I mentioned to him that I thought I might have adhesions but he said the only way to be sure was to go in and again but that could create more ... After feeling round my abdominal are he said there was a lot of 'air' and that I needed to eat more fibre. I haven't had any problems with bowels though, and being vegetarian I'd say my diet is pretty ok for fibre. He also said there was a 'defect' when he was pressing near my belly button but didn't really elaborate and didn't seem concerned. Anyways, he asked if I exercised and I told him not much bar walking and housework. The whole consultation ended with him not being concerned in the slightest which was a relief but said he would see me in another 6 months unless I had any concerns...

      I'd be interested to know if anyone else had been told the same?

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