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After laparoscopy, my tummy has become extremely distended. Is it due to infection?

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Published At December 27, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I had a laparoscopy done five weeks ago and also a D and C was done. When I woke up from it, I had an extremely distended abdomen. It was hot to touch and obviously swollen. I was told that this was from the oxygen they used. Since that night, my belly is always gurgling and distended. I am getting worried about it as it has been five weeks now. Is this normal? I am taking stool softeners, so I am not constipated. Is this still a swelling? If so, then how long it will take to resolve? Is there anything I can do to help it along? But, I am active every day.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your belly should have been normal by this time. If it is still swollen, then you should do an ultrasound test of the abdomen to see if there is any problem.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Yes, it is still distended and hot to touch. The intestines are always gurgling. The distention is over the whole abdomen, particularly the upper abdomen. I went into the operation theater with a very flat tummy and woke up with burning, hot to touch and extremely distended stomach. What could have happened? Is this due to any infection?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Since it is hot to touch, you may have some infection may be in the milder form, causing intestinal distension. A course of antibiotics may help you. You should see the doctor who performed the laparoscopy. You may need blood tests Hb (hemoglobin), TC (total count), DC (differential count), postprandial blood sugar and ultrasound of the abdomen.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Purushottam Sah
Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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