Serious Complications, Anyone Else?
Byon 19 Aug 2011
I am 6+ weeks post op and am struggling emotionally with a couple of complications that I had as part of my surgery experience. Did anyone else have bad bleeding after their tummy tuck that required additional surgery to get it under control? Is this a typical complication and not a serious one, and I'm just being silly thinking that it was a big deal? Apparently I had some hematomas that started bleeding a few hours post op and that evening I underwent 2 more hours of surgery to get things under control. I'm glad I am okay of course, but it was terrifying and I felt as if it was down-played as if it were no big deal. (In my mind, getting put back under, getting that darned irritating breathing tube re-inserted, and being re-opened was a VERY big deal.) Ironically I had posed this concern to my doc during a pre-op visit and even said I was interested in donating/storing my own blood for precaution as is recommended for consideration in the paperwork. My doc very quickly said specifically that there'd be no such problem and there was no need to take such a precaution. This just has not sat well with me. Also, if you did have blood loss, did your doctor ever order a CBC on you at any time after the day of the surgery / bleeding? I'm also wondering if anyone else experienced ileus? I was prescribed iron for the blood loss and I imagine that this combined with regular doses of vicodin for 5 days and morphine for an extra day (because of the dual surgeries) was a recipie for disaster when it came to my bowels. Unfortunately, I was in after-care for 6 days and altho I repeatedly mentioned my concern that I hadn't had a BM to my nurses, there was no other follow up besides being told "it's ok, colace is in your regimen". I accepted this answer and was discharged after 6+ days in after care wtih still no BM. Two more days later I ended up in the ER with severe impaction and then had to get admitted back into the hospital. I was so afraid that the cramping and the weird positions I kept getting placed in (sorry for the TMI) would have implications on my surgery, however my surgeon never phoned me back after I called the office 3 times practically in tears during my 8-hour ER visit. Subsequently I was told by the assistant that my surgeon "doesn't treat constipation" (I was calling to get reassurance/support, not to get treatment for constipation). Has ANYone experienced ANYthing like this? I can't let go of the painful memories of this experience and I'm trying SO hard to do so. Sorry if I seem negative and dramatic.... my normal personality is positive and I've typically had great experiences in the past with my medical care providers. I just haven't been able to let go of these parts of my surgery (I'm sure the fact that I was recently told by my doctor that I have 2 areas that will require in-office fixes isn't helping!!! Argh.... more $$$$...... sigh.......). Also if you have had any other serious complications (or at least complications that were serious to you), please feel free to offer me some advice on how to get beyond it emotionally. If it weren't for my AMAZING children that put a smile on my face every day, I'd probably be battling depression right now! Thanks in advance.