May 29, 2011 - 10:46 am
Hello… I am 59, and about 6 weeks past a daVinci prostatectomy surgery. My “plumbing” recovery is moving along pretty well, but I have lingering abdominal muscle aches in the vicinity of one of the incision/portholes (upper left, the one close to the bottom of the ribcage).
It is not overwhelming pain, but rather a steady dull ache that feels most often like someone is “kneading” bread down there, back & forth, a series of many small contractions and little spasms in maybe a 2-3 inch radius area. It is most noticeable when “scrunched up” a bit (as when sitting), or when making a quick move to bend over at an odd angle.
Externally there is no obvious swelling, oozing, pus, or redness, and I have no elevated temperature. I do not feel anything down there like I think a hernia would feel like, but not sure. I do about 1-2 hours of light walking each day, but I have not done any heavy lifting since surgery. The odd thing is pain at just at this one spot. No pain on right side at all, or other incision ports. This is not “digestive” pain; that’s all been fine.
So a few questions for you’all: has anyone else had lingering abdominal muscle ache/pain at the incision areas after daVinci surgery? of what type and how long did it last ? do the internal stitches in there maybe take a long time to dissolve or something ? scar tissue ? is it better to lightly stretch and exercise, or better to “baby” it along very gently ? is there anyone who developed an incisional hernia after daVinci ? if so, what does a hernia feel like, and how did you diagnose/treat it ?
Thank you all very much for any feedback !