Ovarian dermis - post op

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Hi

I am 5 days post op after having a 10cm dermoid cyst removed plus my right ovary and tube via a mini laparotomy

I am experiencing a lot of discomfort, which I expected, but the whole area is extremely bruised. My whole abdomen down into my thighs. Has anyone else experienced this, also I had no details given to me post op, ie, whether to keep it covered with a dressing or leave it open? I am waiting for a callback from the hospital, but still waiting?.. 

Just wondered if any other ladies out there can offer any advice?

i know I should have asked all these questions when I was discharged, but I was a bit of a mess and forgot everything, just couldn't wait to get out 

Hazel x

 

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    Hi hazel, I'm not 17 days post op for dermoid cyst removal from both ovaries via open surgery. I was the same as you until around day 8. I have only been able to sleep on my side this past few days but I have np pain now and cut is looking amazing. I had stitches out on Tuesday. I was told to keep dressing on for 3 days but then told longer by nurse at doctors because wound wasn't drying out.

    I really hope your feeling better in a couple of days. It really is painful stuff.

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      Hi Esther

      thanks for reply, comforting to know you've experienced the same, was getting a bit worried. Glad your on the mend, it feels like the pain will never stop, really struggling to get around, it's bearable when I'm sitting or laying, just anything inbetween is sooooo painful. I've got a beaded stitch, which is odd, 1continous stitch underneath and glued on top as far as I can see, think I will get to my doctors tomorrow just to check as I've kept it covered and I'm not due to have stitch removed till Wednesday, just to be reassured all is ok. 

      Hope your recovery continues well Esther xx

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      Yes the pain is awful, I wasn't really informed of how bad it would be. How are you sleeping? I could only manage upright for first week or so.

      I had same stitche but no clue. Definitely get to g.p. to put your mind at rest. Also they didn't tell me how long to wear stockings, had to guess.

      I can finally pick my 6 month old son up so its quite good how quickly the body heals.

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    Oh I forgot to say, I'm not on a 2 week course of antibiotics because I have inflammatory pelvic disease which basically means I have an infection from the messing around they did inside. Sending me out with 5 days of antibiotics is a joke. I continues bleeding and this is how this was diagnosed by g.p.
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      No nothing? I do seem to be in a bit more discomfort tonight than yesterday, will get an appointment tomorrow I think. 

      My dog got given more aftercare when he had his op than I feel I got, lol

      as for sleeping, not getting much of that stuff, having to sit upright still, cannot even attempt any other position yet

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      Yes definitely do because I was told 5 days was standard. Obviously that wasn't enough for me and now on Sam high strength ones 4 a day for 2 weeks. I know what your saying about after care its not great. When I woke up in recovery the bloody nurse told me they'd taken my ovaries. Was terrified because I'm only 32 & although finished having children did not want to go into menopause. Next morning informed everything went to plan lol I still have ovaries!.

      If your pain is worse today that's not a good sign so look after yourself and get to go tomorrow.

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      Hi

      Been to the nurse today, all well, healing nicely she said, stitches out Wednesday, bruising is normal. So mind put at rest, just concentrate on the rest of my recovery, 

      H x

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    Hi how are you

    I go in for full hysterectomy on 18 may

    Laparotomy , had stressful 8 weeks over a suspicious cyst but after ct scan reviewd consultant happy it's no longer suspicious , biopsy once removed will also confirm that I hope !!

    Have read many posts of patient after care and not very positive reading which makes me nervous but looking ahead it has to be better than constant pain that I've been in and no more periods xx

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      Hi

      Im doing ok, been a week since my op, still very sore and to be honest I wasn't expecting it to be as painful as it is, I had open surgery to remove 10cm Dermoid cyst, they told me after they removed it that they cut it open and it revealed hair and teeth, gross as that is, they are almost always benign, so that was good news, but still have to wait for results, 6 weeks they say it could take? It is the waiting that stresses you out, hopefully as they don't think yours is suspicious you can just concentrate on getting throug the surgery, as far as the aftercare goes, I'm sure it's different depending on your hospital, I felt they couldn't get me out quick enough, I came out less than 24 hours after surgery, which in hinesight was a bit soon. 

      They only gave me paracetamol and ibuprofen, which was no way strong enough for me to deal with the pain, so if you can get something stronger, do. 

      You have to be prepared to drag information out of them, like dressing the wound, showering etc etc, they didn't offer me any information, I got most of it from my nurse at the local doctors, just ringing up as I thought about each thing. Don't be afraid to make a list before you go in and get them to go through it with you when you are discharged, I wish I had. 

      I hope your procedure goes well and once you have recovered you are relieved from your constant pain x and whoop whoop no more periods!! 

      H x

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      Hi Michelle- I had a full hysterectomy on Jan 27th and 7 weeks on I feel great. My abdomen was sore (only at bottom left) until last week , since when no more painkillers and the pain was steady not terrible.The care in hospital was amazing-plenty of morphine for 1st 24 hours. I had 24 staples but they came out easily after 10 days and were not at all painful. I bought Boots scar serum and the scar is really good now. all bruising went quickly too. I wore the DVT stockings for 2 weeks,was walking round the hospital the next day- me and my neighbour on the ward made cups of tea through the night! and I was showering from day one and managed a bath day 5.Like you I had 2 months of worry but biopsy was  all benign and yours will be if doctors happy about it. My CT scan was good too.I'm older than you 74 but can't believe how well I feel,even back in gym and pool for last week.Now trying to get a little gained weight off due to less activity previously! You will be fine the care from NHS was amazing-3 surgeons came for a chat the next day to say even tho I'd have to wait 2 weeks for the biopsy, they were really pleased and optimistic about the outcome. Also a district nurse called for 10 days even tho I said I was fine to check I was OK. paracetomol were all I needed so everyone is different.I will think of you on 18th May,it'll soon pass. Good luck xx
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