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Had a partial Laparoscopic nephectomy. Swelling in the incision spot. Pain while exerting. Need medical attention?

Hi.I am a 29 year old female and 3 years ago I had a Partial Laparoscopic Nephrectomy . The biggest incission (about 3cm) was made on my abdomen , about 4 inches above my navel. Since the surgery the area where the incission is sometimes gets swollen but nothing serious. A few days ago I started doing abdominal exercises and since then I have had a pain in my upper abdomial area that pain killers have not been able to eliminate. Sometimes I also feel the pain rising up to my chest to the point even by breasts hurt. Just coming back from the supermarket I noticed that if I carry anything heavy the pain intensifies. What could this possibly be and should I seek medical attention which is something I am avoiding because I don t have insurance. Thank You.
Asked On : Sat, 7 Jul 2012
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The incision site you have mentioned about was probably made for the retrieval of the partial nephrectomy specimen. According to your history most likely diagnosis is incisional hernia. I guess u must be noticing increasing in size of swelling on raising your head in lying down position or on exertion. If the diagnosis is incisional hernia, it will need surgical correction. please consult your doctor.
Answered: Mon, 30 Sep 2013
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