I had my appendix removed on Tuesday, Feb 28th. They did it laproscopic and I'm nervous... My other stitches (they used the desolvable ones) the one to the left of my belly button, and the one below my belly button fell out already. Either yesterday, or the day before... But my butterfly stitches just came off of the one on my belly button tonight in the shower... The stitches are still in, but i was feeling around it and its like a hard lump... Could it be herniated? I have an appointment with the surgeon tomorrow, but I'm just nervous... I know I have a lot of misspelled words, but auto-fix can't fix everything....
The chances for complications like incisional hernia, are very less likely, after a laparoscopic procedure, since, most of the abdominal supporting musculature and soft tissues are not cut, as in conventional open abdominal surgeries.
The swelling you feel are probably, signs of inflammation, associated with the slight tissue injury, that is common with laparoscopic surgeries. These changes usually are transient and would subside on their own, and do not need any specific treatments.
Application of ice packs, can help reduce the swelling and the discomfort if any.
In case, you have any doubts, consulting your operating surgeon, will help to provide more clear answers.
I had appendix removed on 18th October 2011, about a week later I then had infection which was very sore. Since then I have had the odd stomach pain and twinge, and if any pressure is applied to my belly button it hurts. So I went to doctors and they said I have incison hernia, I am going to hospital this Thursday to see my surgeon. Hope he will be able to sort it out.
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