Sneezing after laparotomy

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i am having surgery next week to remove 2 large cysts and am having a hysterectomy at the same time :-(. Due to size of cysts I am having an abdominal incision.

my Hayfever is terrible at the moment and I can't stop sneezing.just wondered how others have coped after having abdominal surgery and sneezing.  Worried I will burst my stitches. 

Any ideas.



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    Hi Julie

    I had a vertical laparotomy 4 weeks ago. 2 days after my op I was very sick and that hurt quite a bit but wasn't unbearable. But after that I didn't dare sneeze so every time I needed to sneeze for the first 2 weeks I pinched my nose until the urge went away and then tried to lightly blow it after.

    After a couple of weeks sneezing doesn't hurt at all so I'm guessing after a week it's sore but not majorly painful.

    Maybe the gp can give you some strong antihistamines to help you a little.

    Best of luck xx

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    Hi Julie,

    I am now 5 weeks post surgery, I had a vertical laparotomy which included removal of a large cyst and one ovary

    I can tell you sneezing and coughing are no fun after surgery. Even laughing initially hurts after the op. Try have a pillow nearby to hold to your stomach and a drink for when you cough. As for sneezing try pinching your nose to stop it but if that doesn't work keep your pillow close to your stomach. At 5 weeks it's eased a lot now

    I spent the day after my surgery throwing up and my stitches remained intact so you should be fine. If you're worried speak to your consultant before I'm sure they'll have some advice

    Sue x

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    Hi Julie, I am 11 days post op but had keyhole surgery. I have been sneezing, laughing and coughing and found the best way to deal with all three is to hold your abdomin. My family thinks this is hilarious and I am sure they are being comical on purpose!! Please don't worry too much and I wish you the best of luck with your op. Deborah
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    Thanks Ladies. A pillow it is then ;-)

    Julie x

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