Been feeling bloated in my stomach since surgery. I'm 3 days post op. Still pretty swollen up top like normal. Actually wouldn't feel that bad if I didn't have this bloated feeling. Is there something that will help? I already have been using laxitives.
Is It Normal to Feel a Bloated in Stomach After Breast Aug?
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Abdominal swelling after breast augmentation
Bloating after surgery
Bloating is common, this should resolve in 5-7 days
When patients undergo breast augmentation, they typically develop swelling in the lower chest and upper abdomen from the surgical dissection.In most cases, this swelling resolves in 5 to 7 days following surgery.
Patients also frequently develop constipation and bloating from narcotic pain relievers.For this reason, patients should maintain hydration, ambulate frequently and switch to nonnarcotic pain relievers as soon as possible.In some cases, laxatives may be necessary as well.
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It could be the effects of the anesthesia medications or your postop pain medications. Narcotics can slow down your bowels producing that bloating feeling. It can also delay bowel movements. You shoudl not need any narcotic pain medications very soon. Keep walking. This shall pass.
Bloated feeling 3 days after breast augmentation is combination of two things.
Anesthesia drugs can decrease normal GI tract function, and even as they wear off, narcotic pain medications and reduced activities can slow intestinal movement of food and gas through the gut. Bloating and constipation result. Laxatives stimulate peristalsis, but may not work uniformly in all areas of the GI tract, leaving cramps and a more bloated feeling. Try to stop your pain pills as soon as possible. Tylenol will not disturb gut function!
The second cause of that bloated feeling is actual fluid swelling from your chest and breasts moving by gravity (as you are upright most of the day) towards your abdomen, hips, and eventually legs. This can add to an already bloated feeling.
Do not restrict fluids or take "water pills;" you need to stay hydrated to return to normal bowel function. Be up and active (do not exercise) as movement helps restore gut function. Take stool softeners and go easy on the stimulants (laxatives).
Relax; this will pass in another day or two. If your bowels have not returned to normal function by day 6, you should call your doctor. Best wishes!
Bloating after Breast Aug
Its not unusual to feel bloated after surgery. If you are constipated this certainly could account for your feeling this way. Many patients also get some swelling in their abdomen presumably from the breast swelling being pulled down into the abdomen by gravity. If this is what is happening then it should resolve soon. If laxatives do not work for you then contact your doctor to discuss before the problem worsens.
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