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Real Tar Heel
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A question for you good people, hope the holiday shopping is done and you're ready to relax.

We know our livers are great. You cut them in half and that half gets replaced. Unfortunately, it doesn't grow back to the regular shape, it just creates new volume in the existing tissue. So it appears my desire to have a six-pack stomach will never be realized (if it ever would be). I noticed that I have a large lump on the side where I had the resection, somewhat hard compared to the rest of my aging tummy. Anyone else with a major resection experience this?

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SnapDragon2
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Could it be a hernia?  Or maybe scar tissue formng?

Real Tar Heel
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Hmm, I do have scar tissue. But on the organ, nothing in the post-surgery scan about it. That was two and 1/2 months after. I dunno, it just looks strange, noticably larger on one side. I assume it's about the new shape of the organ. I just wonder if anyone else had experienced it.

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SandiaBuddy
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I got particularly thin when I had cancer and surgery.  Since then, I have put on about 20 pounds, and there is a bit of a lump over the surgery scar.  I figure it is just fat, and the doctors have never been concerned.  Who knows?  

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darcher
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  I ended up with a scar that looks like a typical C-section.  Makes for not disclosing having cancer awkward at an inopportune moment.

Real Tar Heel
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Ha! Well that's something I won't have to worry about. I do have the L-shaped scar, but a big ol' lump on the side of it.

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Annabelle41415
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My husband had kidney cancer and had his kidney removed.  The side of his removal is so much bigger in that area than the other.  It almost looks like something is pushing his stomach out.  The doctor told him that your inners will just take up that existing extra space and sometimes extrude out further in that open area.  I'm not sure if that is going on with you, but it seems to make sense.

Kim

Real Tar Heel
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Thanks! That's as good an explanation as any.

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SnapDragon2
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I have a good size goose egg looking thing on my left side.  We went back thru all the scans and surgeon said nothing there, no hernia or anything.  Fat does not show up on scans so he thinks its just a fat pocket that decided to be there.  I was like thats a terrible place to start getting fat when I need it in my butt :)

Real Tar Heel
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LOL

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beaumontdave
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I had the monster hernia on my right-center belly, like I was carrying a baby there. Two big ''street 'L' cuts for my liver resections, a foot down and 14 inches to the right. I thought the surgeon was being in a hurry, but apparently he was following a Japanese-named procedure, according to the plastic surgeon who put the mesh in me, 3 years ago this month. She said do not exert yourself and hurt the surgery, or no one's going to want to try and re-anchor or fix it. Well, I've played it safe from then until now [lol] and hopefully I'll commit to pulling it back as tight as it can. I always had terrific core muscles and abs, so having a belly [semi-normal now, if you don't count the missing bellybutton] is annoying. I knew a six-pack wasn't in the forcast, but I don't like feeling vulnerable to a blow on the right side, so my new year's goal is to strengthen up some. If this is part of the price of NEDness, I'm happy to deal with it.............................Dave

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Trubrit
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I have had eight abdominal surgeries - not all of them for Cancer, and my stomach muscles are shot. I have great definitions down my sides - oblique muscles, so I know my exercises are working the muscles, but my belly is like a huge blob of jello. There won't be any reparing those muscles. 

I guess we just do what we can, and enjoy what we have left. 

Tru

 

 

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SnapDragon2
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I also had a plastic surgeon for mesh.  He said the mesh would disolve in a yr but to always be cautious.

So, no more boot camp/crossfit type gym or krav maga for me, boo!!!

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