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Old 03-10-2018, 09:06 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

I had surgery yesterday (Friday) for a removal of my Fallopian tubes. They had gauze and a bandage over my belly button incision, but the others were free to air dry. She said they had a harder time getting into the belly button as it’s been cut open 3 other times. I’ve had a few surgeries in the past cutting into my abdominal muscles. I have 5 incisions right now and 2 tiny dots. The belly button is the most painful and I can’t really feel anything where the tubes were removed.

So this morning when it hit 24 hours post op I was to remove the bandage and gauze. Well the gauze is stuck to my belly button in the glue I believe. When I got some up it started to bleed so I left it alone. I called and spoke to the on call doctor twice, she said try to hang on until Monday so I don’t have to come to the ER. She gave me suggestions like a warm shower, warm wash cloth to try and help get the gauze free. None of those have worked.

Has anyone ever had the gauze stuck in the incision? For as many surgeries as I have had it’s never happened to me before. If you have gotten it stuck before how did you manage to unstick it? I am just worried that now part of it is open and bleeding...while the rest is covered. I don’t want an infection so I cleaned it and out a bandaid on top so it can stay protected overnight.

Any advice would be great. Thanks

PS-if this doesn’t make a lot of sense I’m sorry. I’m still using my post op pain meds which make it hard to focus while typing.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:17 PM
 
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Not gauze but I had a drainage tube accidentally sewed into the incision. When it was time to remove it, still in hosp, the doctor pulled so hard it hurt then "popped." I had to go back to the OR under conscious sedation to cut it out and re-stitch. Not a happy camper! Keep it clean and dry. A little antibiotic cream might not hurt.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:47 PM
 
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Not gauze but I had a drainage tube accidentally sewed into the incision. When it was time to remove it, still in hosp, the doctor pulled so hard it hurt then "popped." I had to go back to the OR under conscious sedation to cut it out and re-stitch. Not a happy camper! Keep it clean and dry. A little antibiotic cream might not hurt.
Ahh that sounds awful. Iím sorry you had to go through that. Mine was outpatient so I am already home. Iím hoping it falls off on its own and I donít have to worry about needing it re closed
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:00 PM
 
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I had surgical tape that I couldn't get off and they told me to use bacitracin. Its antibiotic properties are very slight, but its vaseline type properties help it loosen up the glue. Worked like a charm - I think all the tape and glue residue came off in the shower. If you've had that many incisions, you probably have it around, or Neosporin, which should probably work just the same.
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:35 AM
 
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I had surgical tape that I couldn't get off and they told me to use bacitracin. Its antibiotic properties are very slight, but its vaseline type properties help it loosen up the glue. Worked like a charm - I think all the tape and glue residue came off in the shower. If you've had that many incisions, you probably have it around, or Neosporin, which should probably work just the same.
Thanks for the tip! I tried using some more of my hibiclens which is what I have currently at my house, but it didnít work. I am just waiting until 8 now so I can call into the office and get an appt. The belly incision doesnít look too happy which is where the gauze is stuck. So best to get it checked
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