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Abdominal swelling, pain, discomfort. Had an umbilical hernia repair. Help?

I had an umbilical hernia repair operation almost a week ago and am experiencing extreme abdominal swelling since the op. My whole tummy has ballooned like I am 5 months pregnant and it feels highly pressurised and uncomfortable, like I am going to burst. How long will this tummy swelling last and why is it caused please as I was expecting swelling (sausage shape around belly button area) but not entire tummy to balloon so huge for so long. I am still passing stools regularly and I am not taking painkillers anymore as I would rather cope with the pain level and not take tablets which may cause more swelling. However, the last 3 days with no tablets has not reduced the swelling.
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Because of surgery for umbilical hernia,the wound might got infected and surrounding area is inflammed due to it.
Please take antibiotic,anti inflammatory drug and rabeprazole.
If the problem still persists after the above drugs,please consult your operated surgeon.
It is difficult to predict the time for healing.
But,you have to take the medicines.
Wish you good health and speedy recovery
Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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