I was thinking it sounded like an abdominal hernia. I think it's diagnosed by touching the area and bearing down or coughing to see if you can feel the spot that needs to be repaired.I found this on the internet, so I guess it's a possibility:As with any surgery, there are potential complications. These include, but are not limited to: * risks of general anesthesia (being put to sleep) * needing to return to the operating room to resolve a surgical complication * wound infection (< 5%) * blood clot in the vessel to the kidney, requiring removal of the transplanted kidney (< 1%) * hernia development in the area of the incision (< 3%) * minimal numbness around the incision area (nearly 100%) * non-function (kidney never works from the start) of the transplant kidney (< 1%) * leakage of urine in the area where the ureter is attached to the bladder (< 1%) * bleeding
I had the same thing here little 1yr post tx and i still get the pain but not like they were in the beginning. I expressed my concern to the tx clinic and was told it was normal part of the healing process if it persisted they would investigate further. On occasion after over doing it, i tend to hurt alittle i know my limits and feel great. Hope this puts your mind at ease!! God Bless!! Chris
rookiegirl, Len had his transplant 22 months ago and still has the pains in his groin area. I have had him to GP, transplant surgeon, trauma surgeon and they have run every test know to man kind. Can't find anything and have told us it is the healing process and could take up to 2 years. He seems to be mentioning it less often these days, maybe that is a good sign. He still has pains over the transplant site which they also told us was normal since he received a rather large kidney and he is a small guy. I sure hope you get some relief soon. Len did try a heating pad and said it relieved it some, worth a try. Keep us posted.
I was reading more about pain after abdominal surgery. It sounds as though your transplant team has thoroughly attempted to diagnose the cause of your pain, so this may just be a repeat of what you already know:Pelvic adhesions are bands of fibrous scar tissue that form in the abdomen and pelvis, usually after surgery. Adhesions connect organs and tissue that are normally separate, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder or bowel can be affected. Adhesions can also lead to a variety of severe complications including chronic pelvic pain, infertility and bowel obstruction.Adhesions start forming almost immediately after surgery as part of the normal healing process to repair raw tissue. Unfortunately in the process some organs/tissues become "stuck" to adjacent tissues and thus cause pain. The first step towards treatment is of course diagnosis, and your doctor will take a history, examine you and possibly conduct some tests, in an attempt to determine if your problems are adhesion related. These tests may include a laparoscopy.