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Swollen Tummy

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Started by Rongen62, Feb 02, 2013 11:06 AM
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    Rongen62

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 11:06 AM

#1
I had my surgery on November 26, 2012. I have lost 34 lbs so far and I can tell I have lost weight every where but my Tummy area. Is this still swelling from the surgery? My husband even commented on how much smaller I was everywhere but, my abdomen. It is my whole abdomen, not just the lower belly. Anyone else have this problem?


    hummingbird7

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 2:22 PM

#2
I was banded on 12/31/13. I went for my first fill on 1/31. I've lost 21 pounds and feel so much better, but I look like I swollowed a softball in my upper abdomen! My doc says there is still swelling and it will eventually go down.....I sure hope so!


    cheryl2586

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 3:38 PM

#3
Unfortunately your stomach is the last to go. You lose weight from the top down. If you have always had a big belly and Im not saying that you do, it will probably be the last thing to go on you.


    Mis73

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 3:54 PM

#4
Is your abdomen rounder, firm, and/or distended looking? Or is it squishy? The reason I ask is if it's rounder, firm, and/or distended looking you may want to have your doctor make sure you don't have a hernia. Abdominal hernias don't always hurt so it's possible to have one and not even realize it. (I'm speaking from a lot of experience on this one)

Otherwise, if it's not a hernia, it's very possible that's just how you lose. I wish we lost evenly but we don't. As women, we tend to lose from the top down and tummies tend to be one of the last to go. Plus, if you have lost on your tummy but have excess skin, that will (unfortunately) mask the weight loss too.


    elcee

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 4:15 PM

#5
If you are an apple shape you will remain an apple shape albeit a smaller one. When we lose weight our basic body shape stays the same. I hate the fact that even at goal I have a stomach but I love the fact that I have amazing legs so I suppose we have to take the bad with the good.


    CHEZNOEL

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Posted February 2, 2013 - 6:47 PM

#6
When in doubt check with your doctor.


    Rongen62

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Posted February 3, 2013 - 11:39 AM

#7
My stomach looks bloated from below my breast all the way down. It is bigger than it was before the surgery. I did not have a lot of weight in the stomach area before. It seems like it is more swelling than anything. I am just wondering if this is still some swelling from the surgery. I will ask my doctor when I go back next week but, since I am not in any pain, I am not going to call him just to ask something like that. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same thing. I was just curious!


    Mis73

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Posted February 3, 2013 - 11:44 AM

#8

My stomach looks bloated from below my breast all the way down. It is bigger than it was before the surgery. I did not have a lot of weight in the stomach area before. It seems like it is more swelling than anything. I am just wondering if this is still some swelling from the surgery. I will ask my doctor when I go back next week but, since I am not in any pain, I am not going to call him just to ask something like that. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same thing. I was just curious!


Being as you're more than 2 months past surgery it's highly unlikely to be surgery related. My stomach is the same way but I have very large hernias that have to be fixed very soon, too. In fact I already had one get strangulated this past August.

I would have your doctor check it out, just to be safe.


    Rongen62

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Posted February 3, 2013 - 12:59 PM

#9

Being as you're more than 2 months past surgery it's highly unlikely to be surgery related. My stomach is the same way but I have very large hernias that have to be fixed very soon, too. In fact I already had one get strangulated this past August.

I would have your doctor check it out, just to be safe.


I am sorry, I meant to reply to your earlier post. I don't have a hernia. Thankfully, I have a very good doctor and he checks everything out post and pre op. This is more of a bloated soft swelling. It is not painful at all. I have an appointment next week and will ask about it then. I don't feel that it is serious enough to warrant a phone call. I mainly posted the question because I was curious about whether anyone else had a lot of bloating after lapband. Thank you for your thoughts!


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