Distended Abdomen After Gallstone Surgery?

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Hi, I want to ask my mother 2 weeks ago who underwent gallstone surgery. Why is his stomach distended now, stiff like a pregnant person? Is this really the normal condition for the post-operative healing process or is there another problem? Please explain, thank you

1 Answer:

Hello Tian


After undergoing gallstone surgery, the patient's stomach may still feel a little pain that will slowly begin to improve, and for this type of operation by opening the stomach may cause a condition of the digestive tract to experience interference, but usually these symptoms will improve within hours after surgery and even disappear in just a few days.


So that if 2 weeks have passed but complaints such as an enlarged abdomen appear and become rigid have to consider the following conditions

Paralytic ileus, which is a condition where the digestive tract becomes paralyzed, so that the patient does not go to defecate and there is a buildup of food that he has consumed so that the stomach slowly becomes larger
Obstructive ileus, a condition where there is a blockage in the digestive tract, so food that has been consumed becomes piled up and causes the stomach to swell
Ascites
Enlarged liver / liver (hepatomegaly)
Ovarian Cyst

The conditions above are a number of considerations that can cause the stomach to become large and stiff, but once Tian's mother is advised to go to the nearest health facility for further examination. Because it could be that what actually happened to Tian's mother is not one of the considerations above. The doctor needs to do a series of examinations such as his medical history after returning from the operation, physical examination of his mother Tian, ​​and if needed the doctor may need to do an abdominal ultrasound examination, X-rays, blood tests, etc. to help doctors gather more information so they can be sure what kind of conditions did Ms. Tian's mother actually have, is it still related to the condition of the previous emepdu stone surgery or a health problem that has nothing to do at all.


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