Updated: Jun 6, 2021
Abdomen surgery refers to the surgical procedures done in a person's abdominal region to diagnose or treat a medical condition. Abdominal surgery can relieve the symptoms of various abdominal conditions like injury, trauma, or pain caused by a ruptured appendix or control internal bleeding.
Abdominal surgery can include different techniques depending on the organ that needs an operation, such as the liver, stomach, or kidneys. Abdominal surgeries are classified into two types: laparotomies and laparoscopic surgeries.
WHO SHOULD UNDERGO THIS SURGERY
You should not get confused with plastic surgery. These two are very different things. You may require abdominal surgery if you have any of the following medical conditions.
Fetal death or miscarriage
Unexplained symptoms that upset the abdominal cavity
Unexplained abdominal bleeding
Most patients with these conditions may experience symptoms, including pain, constipation, diarrhea, and a sudden change in bowel movements. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to seek immediate medical attention.
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK
Before an abdominal surgery, patients are given a surgical gown to wear. All artificial objects, such as contact lenses or dentures, should also be removed before the surgery. Vitals have to be monitored continuously throughout the procedure.
The most common procedures are:
Inguinal Hernia Surgery
Your doctor can give you the best explanation for these surgeries. So consult with your doctor before going for any of these.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After abdominal surgery, patients might feel slightly weak for the first several weeks. They need to return to the surgeon for removal of the staples used for suturing. It will not be as easy as having plastic surgery. Some possible complications to expect after abdominal surgery are pain, bleeding, infection, scar tissue, temporary paralysis of the bowel, and shock.
POST CARE FOR ABDOMINAL SURGERY
Abdominal surgery is done through an incision in your belly. It may take a few weeks or longer to heal from the surgery. This sheet gives instructions on how to care for yourself once you're home. It is essential to take your medicine regularly as prescribed by your doctor. You may be prescribed antibiotics to help treat or prevent infection. Be sure to take all of the antibiotics even if you start to feel better. You need to follow a strict diet for at least upcoming 6-7 weeks after the surgery. Be active as much as possible. But lift weight more than 10pounds. Do chores, run errands, read books, do whatever you like, but stay active. You have to keep your incision dry otherwise, it can create an infection. Please be careful after the surgery.
Lastly, abdomen surgery is not something you should do to look cool. You have to be very careful while making the decision. It is a very critical surgery, so abide by every word of your surgeon.