I had a laparotomy to remove a fibroid and endometriosis in mid-October. My right ovary had to be removed, but the horrible thing was that two days after surgery, they had to open me up again to treat a small bowel obstruction. So, my recovery took a bit longer than it was supposed to. I was on IV for 10 days. My problem is, it's exactly 8 weeks after surgery now, and I still have considerable amount of stomach swelling. I was told this could be because it was two back to back surgeries. And also the reason is because the fluid around has not been absorbed into the body. My incision is healed pretty well. But the numbness around it still persisits. I've heard that it's quite normal.
My question is, for how long will I have to endure this discomfort due to abdominal swelling?
Also, my bowel movements are normal, but I need to use a stool softener or else the initial stools are hard. I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. But this problem seems to persist as well.
Anyone who had similar experiences and anyone who can help?