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CJ2019
Swelling After Surgery

Hi all,

I had a robotic key hole radical trachelectomy 2 weeks ago. I was in hospital for 6 days due to developing a chest infection and have been home recovering since. My stomach and abdominal area is incredibly swollen, I feel bigger than I was when 9 months pregnant! I’m struggling to get around and moving very slowly. 

I had some pelvic lymph nodes removed also and my groin area is very swollen and painful. I was just wondering if anyone had a similar experience and if so how long it took for tour swelling to reduce? Any top tips on helping the process? 

 

Thank you xx

CJ

emmz13

Hey CJ,

im sorry I have no experience of this, I didn’t want to read and run. My goodness it sounds horrendous lovely, I can only hope that it begins to improve very soon. I have seen lots of women recommend peppermint tea for lots of different problems including bloating and wind.

Maybe a quick call to your consultant/nurse may help.

All the best lovely, and I hope that everything only gets much much better from here on in.

Love emma xxxx 

May 19 odd symptoms

03/06/19 doctors appt internal exam, said everything looked fine, did smear. 

10/06/19 urgent colposcopy due to HPV positive and severe changes. 

21/06/19 consultant sees 2cm tumour takes punch biopsies. She’s pretty sure it’s cc.

24/06/19 cancer confirmed, grade 3 preliminary staging 1b.

03/07/19 X-ray. 08/07/19 MRI and PET scan. 10/07/19 MDT meeting

15/07/19 restaged 2b parametrial invasion no lymph node involvement.

16/07/19 treatment 5 1/2 weeks chemorads

18/07/19 planning MRI 26/07/19 preassessment Chemo

05/08/19 chemorads start

11/09/19 chemorads end!!!! 

16/09/19 Brachy

19/09/19 DONE!!!! 

CJ2019

Thanks Emma! Nurses say it is normal and will subside ‘in time’ its just frustrating as no one seems to know how much time it will take.

 

xx

CJ

emmz13

Hey CJ, 

I can only imagine the frustration, we go through so much and then have more to deal with. On the up side everyday is one day closer to getting back to “normal” your are an amazingly strong woman and there is deffo light at the end of the tunnel. 

Al the best lovely, look after yourself and deffo spoil yourself and rest. 

Love emma xxx 

May 19 odd symptoms

03/06/19 doctors appt internal exam, said everything looked fine, did smear. 

10/06/19 urgent colposcopy due to HPV positive and severe changes. 

21/06/19 consultant sees 2cm tumour takes punch biopsies. She’s pretty sure it’s cc.

24/06/19 cancer confirmed, grade 3 preliminary staging 1b.

03/07/19 X-ray. 08/07/19 MRI and PET scan. 10/07/19 MDT meeting

15/07/19 restaged 2b parametrial invasion no lymph node involvement.

16/07/19 treatment 5 1/2 weeks chemorads

18/07/19 planning MRI 26/07/19 preassessment Chemo

05/08/19 chemorads start

11/09/19 chemorads end!!!! 

16/09/19 Brachy

19/09/19 DONE!!!! 

Jjww

Hi CJ,

I'm sorry you're going thru this. I had robotic surgery last August for 1b1 cc and even though he removed only 5 lymph nodes(a mistake I think..usually it's many more), I had what you have.

My belly swelled and it was tight, just days after surgery. I would get full after 2 cups of food. Lost some weight coz of that. It's called Ascites and it's from the removal of lymph nodes. I was so terrified and thought I had internal bleeding, went to the ER and cat scan showed fluid in the abdominal cavity.

 

My oncologist said we'll just watch and wait for a few weeks while I recover and if it's not down then we would do an aspiration of the fluid!!!. Luckily it went down after about 2-4 weeks.

 

I also got Lymphedema in the groin area. That was really terrifying, I cried so much fearing it would be permanent!. Even my surgeon looked surprised coz he'd previously told me I'm unlikely to get lymphedema. 

 

Luckily it was gone by the end of 2-4 weeks. Both issued started going away after I started walking, especially outdoors in the sun and sweating a lot. I would walk really slowly...slower than a stroll. For 1-2 hours a day. And luckily my lymphatic system found ways to reroute all that lymph.

 

I believe movement is key. Long slow walks. I also avoided fatty foods, meats, dairy etc. Eat lots of fruits and veg. Stay hydrated. 

 

Good luck with your recovery!

twhite123

Hi just to say I wish you all the best with your recovery.  I had a robstic radical hysterectomy in January. And still have swelling in my groin and top of my thighs. They think it’s lymphadema as had nidrs removed. However I got sepsis 9 weeks after the op and been on antibiotics ever since. I’ve luckily got a urology appt in two weeks.  It’s certainly a rocky road but all I can suggest is take it easy. I got inpatient and exercises  too soon. Listen to your body.  Wishing you the very best. X

T WHITE

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