Left side pain-hinderance

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By kthinrichs - 4/17/2014 2:21:09 AM
Good Morning,

Maybe someone can help me out during the 1st week after surgery i had a very bad burning in my left side and they say thats part of the healing process, and it went away. Well i saw Dr. Holland at my 10 day and was feeling great and he said as i feel to up my exercise. Well i did so about a week later i did a little yard work a little raking and picked up a few small pieces of wood. Ever since then during the day at times when i walk up stairs go from a sit to stand or move the wrong way i get an annoying pain, at night when i sleep and roll to my side the pain wakes me up and i go back to laying on my back. I have my 6 week appointment on the 30th. Do you think i should be alarmed at this? Should i call for maybe an earlier appointment or something?


Any feedback would be great. Right now i am just a month out  
By Nadia - 4/18/2014 2:37:04 AM
If you want to be sure, you may call the office.

Pain on the left side after bariatric surgery is quite normal.  It is because the left large incision is the location where the camera goes in through in and out of your body for the actual surgery.  So it is the painful place for a while, esepcially if we overexert ourselves through exercise  pulling in that area or we roll over on that side.  In most cases, there is nothing to worry about.  That area is healing.

However, if that left large incision area is red and swollen and hot to the touch, it may be a good idea to call the office and be looked at.

You have to decide yourself what you think you should do.  There is some pain to be expected if we use those muscles where the stitches were or where the camera went through for a while.
By kthinrichs - 4/18/2014 3:37:55 AM
I did call the office just to make sure. They basically explained the same thing you did. Thanks for the help!
By Nadia - 4/19/2014 4:23:32 AM
You are welcome.  The same kind of pain happened to me while shoveling snow about 6 months after surgery.  I was overexerting and lifting a lot of snow on the shovel and had left side pain.  Resting made the pain go away.  The nurse at the time (in 2009) explained to me the situation and eased my fear.