| | Hysterectomy Complications involving abdominal mesh from previous reconstruction
My wife had a hysterectomy two weeks ago, and after what seemed to be a great result and recovery, she hit the wall at 1 week into recovery. She has been in the hospital for 5 days, now. Vomiting, fever, nausea and abdominal pain and swelling, away from the surgical area, in the upper abdomen, and it seems that her bowel function ceased, or was greatly compromised. She had breast reconstruction surgery in 1995, after a mastectomy for breast cancer, and now has mesh in her abdomen as a result. The hysterectomy was abdominal, and it avoided any involvement with the mesh or previous surgery site.
She has started to slowly recover now, but no real diagnosis has been given, other than perhaps her bowels stopped functioning as a result of the surgery trauma. She still has unexplained fluid in her abdomen (after a CT Scan determined no nick or damage to the bowel) and the bowel function seems to have returned after 4 days of a clear liquid diet, iv antibiotics and bed rest. Could the fluid and bowel trouble be a result of the mesh restriction of the natural post-surgical swelling? Has anyone else experienced similar problems. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated - A concerned husband