Bleeding after surgery

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Looking for some reassurance. 8 days post op and I'm bleeding quite heavily from my navel. Went to a&e and they just said it's normal. No infection which is good but the other incisions barely bled at all! I'm back at work next week and really worried I'm still going to be soaking through my dressings. I'm self employed so no one will make any allowances for me. Anyone else had this problem?

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    I had the exact same thing. I phoned the hospital and the nurse said to leave the dressungs on although they had blood on them and to cover them with new dressings. Eventually it did stop after a few days. Hope this helps.
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    Hi,

    ?Bleeding from the incision by the navel is not normal.  I had a complicated gallbladder removal (gangrenous) and never had any bleeding from my incisions.  Call your surgeon's office and if they won't see you, go to your regular doctor and get this checked out. It's probably something simple, but it will set your mind at ease.  One thing you must do is to get plenty of rest, and not aggravate the area around the incisions.  If you have some pull on type slacks, wear those until you're completely healed.  It takes about five weeks until you are feeling back to normal.  Don't do any exercise except walking until your doctor gives you the ok.  If you are working from home, try laying down with pillows at your back and holding your laptop on your lap.  It takes the pressure off the stomach. 

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    Sorry to hear that, my GB was out a little over a month ago I never had

    the bleeding but the last week my stomache near my belly button that they

    cut go little red bumps in circles and now it is like a itchy rash. I put cortisone 

    cream around it but not on it. I now have three of them. I called my doctor

    PA   and I am waiting to hear back. My GB was Horrible my surgeon said and also infected and gain green but I never had the bleeding. I would really check it out even if you call your own Primary Doctor. Good Luck.

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    Hi jo53453, I know someone who's also just had surgery through the navel and it bleed alot also and when he went back to the hospital they said it was perfectly normal. I know when I've read about the cholescystomy they say it does bleed more through the navel because the cut is bigger so as the advice previously given be careful on movement and what you wear and also for your own piece of mind go back to your own doctor as we can't tell how much you are bleeding. good luck

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    Hi, Jo, 

    I had my gallbladder removed & didn't bleed at all.  I suggest you get in touch with your surgeon and have them check it out, if nothing more than for your own peace of mind.

    Take it easy and give yourself plenty of time to heal! 

    Let us know how you get on!

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      Hi Lynda,

      I had talked to you before. I hope you are doing good. I never had the bleeding from my navel. I was wondering if you ever broke out in a rash.

      I had stated around the outside area of my navel one day with like little lumps and they turned red and itchy and got together as one like a rash. the next day I had two more. I called the PA for my surgeon to ask her as I still can not eat right. I am loseing wieght that is good but i am not hungry and scared to eat. I get such a bad stomache ache. i wanted to ask her about my rash and she has not called me back yet. My primary doctor called to tell me about another test i had done he needs me to go see a specialist for but that is some thing different. i guess when i turned 61 i started falling apart. I told him and he said i could put cortonzone cream on it for the itch. did you ever get anything like that. I hope the bleeding stops for the person who is bleeding bad from the navel. I hope you have a Happy New Year.

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      Hi Terry,

      You might have a surface skin infection, which is possible. I didn't break out in a rash from my latest surgery (a hysterectomy).  But a couple of my stitches got really inflamed.  I used some prescription antibiotic cream and tried to stop wearing pants for a while, just wore loose dresses, and tucked the waistband on my pants below the site.  Didn't look so fashionable, I can tell you that! smile

      Another thing you could try is betadine, which is an orange colored wash used in surgery.  It goes everywhere, and does stain synthetics, but it also works on rashes.  I got it at the pharmacy.  It's an antibacterial. 

      I think that as we age, our skin tends to break down and is not as strong, and not as able to resist bacteria.  I typically use an antibacterial soap to clean areas of my body that tend to get irritated.  I use it when I shower, and use my body wash else where.  

      Also, if you're using wash cloths, I'd suggest you not do that, or use a new one every time you bathe.

      Hope all this helps.  I, too feel as though I reached 60 and my body began to fall apart!   

        

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      Hi Lynda,

      Thanks for the advice I will try it. I do not want to scratch it and I have been around it. I do not want it to spread. other than that once i get to eating right i will  be fine. how are you doing. ready for the new year? i am always asleep when 12 comes.   lol

      Terry

       

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      Hi Terry,

      You're welcome!  I'm doing okay.  Glad to see the back of 2016!  I'm ready for 2017, but have a colonoscopy on 1/11.  Ugh!  But I pomised myself I'd take charge of my health!  smile

      I'll be 68 next year, and do feel as if I need to stock up on the duct tape, string and wire to hold myself together!  Happy New Year to you!  And, I'll be snoring away at midnight, too! xx

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      good luck on the colonsocopy i had them put me to sleep as they could not do it the first time. it may have been the doctor. yes i need some things to keep me together also. i also will be snoring at 12 am   lol 
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    I did not and don't think it's normal

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      Hi Patricia,

      I do not think it is good either. It needs to be checked out. If it is bleeding that much. How have you been doing? i have not talked ot you in awhile. I hope you had a great Christmas and Have a Happy New Year.

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      Hi Terry. I'm still having the pain. I'm seeing the surgeon who took out my gallbladder on Wednesday. I had a nice Christmas but because of this I missed the family party on Christmas Eve. I hope I get some answers. I hope you had a nice Christmas. Happy New year.

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      Hi Patricia, 

      I am sorry to hear that. i have been having pain on my right side and around my side to the back. they did a cat scan but it came back alright but it may be as i have a cyst on my overey so i have to see a specalist. I am tired of doctors. but I could not eat thanks giving or christmas but it was nice to be with the family to bad you miss the family party. that is awful you have to wait till wensday. i hope that they take care of you. keep in touch. 

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      you are welcome. feel better. the new year will be better for all of us. i have to try to go to sleep and be ready at 5 am when my sister comes and gets me to go to the cape. I hate getting up that early. 
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      Hi Partricia,

      I just got in we left at 5;30 am my sister and i and drove two hours to the cape to see my 13 year old niece in her gynastics compostion. she is amazing. so many medals and big trophys. then we went to eat and out to stores. but we ate in Ihop and I had an egg a pancake with butter that i took most of a little syrpe and hash browns and coffee the rest on the day my stomache feels horrible. i just go home i little while ago.

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      it has been about 5 weeks maybe almost 6 i think it was nov 19th i had it done i can not keep up with it as dec 1st i had my knee done my stomache feels better now but my primary is going to get me a GI doctor to go to i do not know if i want to go to the one i use to go to which is further away since i moved or go to the one the surgeon knows. i do not really like my surgeon and do not know if he would say any thing to the GI doctor.
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