Glued incision bleeding a little, is this normal? NHS 111 weren't much help

Hi ladies,

Had my first lap yesterday, and oh boy, am I tired and in pain. They found and removed endo and adhesions and I am so happy to have some answers. I would like to tell you more, but am so very tired so going to focus on the query at hand for now:

Everything feels very painful and sore today, but generally I think my symptoms are normal(no fever etc) The only thing I've noticed is that one of my four incisions, the one on the left side of my tummy, appears to have had the glue rub off and has bled a little. It seems to have opened up a tiny bit, a couple of mm maybe, so that small spots of blood are appeared on my clothing, and now dressing. I haven't showered or anything yet.

My wonderful partner has been my rock the past 24 hours. He was concerned about my incision so he phoned NHS 111 on my behalf to check if it was ok to put a dressing on, but they gave him such a run around between operators and insisted on speaking to me to ensure that I was conscious (he was just trying to save me the stress and energy of having to talk to someone). After asking me a couple of questions they even then asked me if I was conscious!? So bizarre! They obviously have to follow a scripted procedure, but it just felt like they weren't listening and didn't understand our questions. In the end they put me on hold for a while, and then said it sounded fine and it was ok to put a dressing on, and that so long as it wasn't red, swollen or weeping I should be fine.

I just wanted to verify if this little bit of bleeding sounds normal to those of you out there who've been through this already? Or should I get the GP to check it out?

Overall I had a good experience at the hospital, but their instructions for wound care were a bit lacking, and NHS 111 didn't fill me with confidence.

Any help or input would be much appreciated!

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  • So soon after surgery I should think this is nothing to worry about as the cut will take a while to bond together. Just keep the dressings fresh and don't allow it to get wet until it has started to heal. The guidance is that you can shower after 48 hours (not a bath though) but I would put a waterproof dressing on that one until you are sure it is healing properly. These links might help:

    nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2413.aspx

    nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2412.aspx?...

  • Thank you so much for your reply and the links Lindle! I thought it was probably normal but was in need of a bit of reassurance :)

    They put a dressing on the cut below my belly button, and have instructed me not to remove that one for 3-4 days. They gave me extra waterproof dressings to put over the top of it to ensure I don't get it wet if I want to shower, but they suggested it might be tricky for me to not get it wet, and it might be best if I avoid showering for those 3-4 days to be safe. So I have washed myself down a little with a sponge, and will attempt a shower in another day or two I suppose.

    The discharge process is a strange one, they didn't tell me or my partner much else about initial wound care. I was a bit exhausted and out of it to ask, and actually no one explained a single thing to my partner, he spent all day in the waiting room having no idea what was going on with me. He wasn't allowed to be with me on the ward at any point, I could have done with someone else there to properly take in everything the nurses said to me. Luckily at least the doctor came round twice to speak to me to ensure I knew what had happened during my laparoscopy.

    Anyway, thank you very much again!

    xxxx

  • Whilst the recommendations are that you can wash after 48 hours I did exactly what you are doing - washed down at a basin and I did it for a week or so until I felt sure healing was well underway. I made the mistake at my diagnostic lap of getting the wounds wet and whilst I didn't have any sort of massive infection I did get puss coming out and generally delayed the healing process. Those melanin dressings are good as they let it breath while protecting it.

    Have you joined the new facebook group I set up?

    facebook.com/groups/1148144...

  • That's good to know, thank you for all your input. I haven't joined yet but I definitely will :) x