Swollen stomach after open surgery, any help?

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I had Burch colposuspension for SUI a week ago, discharged from the hospital on Friday, with a catheter in place. Have a big stomach below the belly button, look like 5 months pregnant, and feeling as if I had a balloon with air in my belly. It's so uncomfortable, I wonder what I will wear when I start working again! Anyone had this experience? When would the swelling go away? I didn't realise it when I was still in hospital as I was in pain and very weak, and medical personnel didn't tell me anything that I had a swollen stomach. Is there anything I could do about it, for example, go to my GP, would they even help? I'm so lost. 

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    Hi hun

    Thats completly normal i had surgery 6 weeks ago (keyhole) and it took around 4/5 weeks to go down! Its where they blow you up with gas.

    I lived in maternity jogging bottoms for weeks as couldnt get jeans or anything with buttons on x

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      Hi Lisa,

      But I didn't have a keyhole but open surgery! Did they blow me up anyway? I'm feeling as I would explode soon. And have no idea what to do and who to turn to. My wound hurts, and I'm afraid I may get an infection. 

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      They blew me up but it’s one year later and I look pregnant and never had a stomache. Don’t care about that but feels like a foreign object on my body and hurts constantly 
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    Me to. It’s awful and I feel abdominal pain constantly. Does it go away
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      My big stomach disappeared long ago, but I still feel like something is inside the abdomen. I have to wear a supporting belt (actually a knee wrap!) to hold it as I feel uncomfortable walking without the belt. My cut wound healed very well, but the place is all numb, I think I will remain numb. Slightly hurts when I press on it. I read that after such a surgery it takes up to a year to completely heal. So, I'm patiently waiting.

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