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Hi everybody, I'm just looking for any insights that people might have. I am 26 years old and 8 days ago I had a very large complex ovarian cyst removed from my ovary. The dimensions of the cyst were 15cm x 12cm x 6cm (The doctor referred to it as the size of a small football at one stage ). As part of the procedure, I had consented to the removal of the ovary on which it was attached and the fallopian tube of that side too. After the surgery (laparotomy, 4-5 inch horizontal incision) the doctor told me that they had removed the cyst successfully and the ovary but had left the tube. It turned out the cyst had been attached to the left side even though they had said right side all along and the pain was on the right side. They also said that there had been another smaller cyst on the right side which they removed during the surgery so that might have been a part of that pain? I'm feeling tender still but every day it's a bit easier. I think my digestive system feels a bit more out of whack still than anything. They didn't tell me very much in the hospital on discharge about aftercare and I didn't think to ask them much so I suppose I'm just looking for any info on the process of recovery in general. Also, I still had a bandage on the incision as I left the hospital. I asked a nurse if I need more and she gave me 2 more and said that they're usually kept on for about 10 days after surgery. I've taken it off just today now because elsewhere online people have said that theirs were removed 3-4 days after. There is still tape on the incision and I was wondering if this is okay to get wet in the shower and if this will come off by itself with time? Any advice is very welcome. Thank you!
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