Abdomen Questions and Answers Archive

Dec
2000

Q&A: Every time I have sex, I am constipated for quite awhile afterwards. Is that normal?

Question:

I am 20 years old, and just recently started having sex. I've noticed that almost every time I have sex, I am constipated for quite awhile afterwards, and need to use a laxative. Also, I occasionally get sharp pains in my abdomen, and a bloated feeling. Is this at all normal? And what can I do about it? Thank you.

- Cheyenne

Answer:

 Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

It is unlikely that these two items are related. See your family doctor if this problem continues.

-- Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Nov
2000

Q&A: Should I donate my own blood for my pregnancy?

Question:

#1: Is it safe to give and save my own blood (during late term) for a possible blood transfusion during a C-section? I needed a transfusion during my last pregnency (see below). #2 Is it medically an advantage to have MY OWN blood saved for a possible transfusion? My specific situation:During my prenatal visits on my FIRST pregnancy, I made my wishes and let my concerns known to my doctors and nurse practitioners that I wanted to have a natural delivery, that I wanted to avoid a C-section,and I did not want blood transfusion. I would donate MY OWN blood if I have to have blood transfusion. They told me that everything looked well, and I shouldn't have to worry about C-section and blood transfusion. They mentioned that my placenta is a little low, but it should travel up as the pregnancy progressed. I am Filipino, 60 inches. My pre pregnancy weight was 95 lbs. My husband was Chinese, 69 inches, 135-140 lbs. On my 33rd week, during the routine test, I was confined in the hospital for 5 days for preterm contraction. I was given medicines and a shot of steroid just in case I have the baby then. I was sent home with month bed rest and just bathroom privilege. I gained the most weight during this month. On the 40th week my mucus plug was discharged, but I didn't experience the rush of water breaking out. I rushed to the hospital and was admitted for labor and delivery. I was 140 - 145 lbs when I was weighed. I was slowly dilating. I felt the gush of water come out when one of the doctors poked an instrument inside me. I was kept in bed all this time. When I couldn't bear the pain I asked for pain reliever and later they gave me an epidural. When the contraction was slowing down, they gave me the epidural. This went on for more than 24 hours. Finally at 31 hours of labor when I didn't dilate anymore than 7cm, they decided to give me an emergency C-section, but not before I signed the forms and allowing them to give me blood transfusion. 30 minutes later I woke up from general anesthesia. They told me my baby was fine. She was 8lbs. 16 oz. 21 in. They brought me to the recovery room. About four people massaging my abdomen for about an hour. They gave me 3 pints of blood after they stopped massaging my abdomen. They said my uterus wasn't contracting and I lost a lot of blood as a result. It's been five years since the birth of my first child. I have remarried, and we're expecting our baby on the 29th of December this year. My husband is caucasian, 73 inches tall and 220 lbs. My pre pregnancy weight this time is 98 lbs.I let my current doctors and nurse practitioners know what was my last child birth experience and they gave me the option of vaginal birth after C-section. Right now I am favoring a repeat C-section just because of the ordeal I had the first time. They are somewhat pushing for the vaginal birth. I made it known that I want my own blood if it resulted to C-section. They told me their concern about the shelf life of blood and they delicate state as I proceed the last trimester. I gained 10 lbs. during the last month of my second trimester. I am now on my 31st week, and I weigh 126 lbs.I had a chance to see another doctor for my last visit, and he was questioning why I want to donate my own blood. I told him that although I am not a Jehovah's witness, I don't want blood transfusion,and the risk of getting Hepatitis, AIDS or other disease. I know that the risk is very low. He told me that I could still die with my own blood. He asked about my apprehension on vaginal birth, and I told him my experience,and he said, "stop having big babies". I asked him how do I do that. Then he proceeded to ask me how big my husband is. When I told him my husband is 15 inches taller and bigger frame than me, he suggested that I go for an elective C-section, and I should discuss this with my regular doctor.

- Myra

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

I would not recommend that you donate your own blood during pregnancy. If you need blood, banked blood is very safe. All of your MDs points are valid.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Oct
2000

Q&A: Can sagging skin on upper thighs be corrected at same time as tummy tuck?

Question:

Can sagging skin on upper thighs be corrected at same time as tummy tuck?

- Teresa

Answer:

David Ross, MD - LocateADoc.com

Absolutely, both the abdomen and the thighs can be addressed at the same operation. However, this is rather lengthy surgery and you as the patient must be in excellent health to withstand both operations at once.

--David Ross, MD
Chicago, Illinois



Sep
2000

Q&A: What is the safety, side effects, and procedure involvement for penis enlargement?

Question:

I have read about several doctors offering penis enlargement, is this something safe that provides very good results? Are there any side effects? How long is the procedure, and what does it entitle?

- Arian

Answer:

Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon - LocateADoc.com

There are many of us who offer this sexual enhancement surgery. There are basically two types of procedures. The first is the lengthening procedure where tiny ligaments are cut which allow the non-erect penis to hang further away from the body. This usually will allow for an elongation of from one to 5 centimeters depending upon the anatomy of the area. The second type of surgery is enlargement of the penis in diameter. For this, most of us use fat injections. This is the only part of the procedure which can and often does require touch-up procedures after since the fat take is variable. We often also perform procedures such as liposuction of the lower abdomen in conjuction with the procedure for further apparent lengthening. There are risks with each of the procedures described. The most common is that of the fat not taking completely and disappearing. Other risks such as infection or bleeding rarely happen. Loss of sensation can occur but is usually transient. The procedures each take about one to two hours although times have been shortenend with the use of lasers for the first procedure. Hope this helps. E-mail me and I can forward a brochure on to you detailing more about the procedures.

--Gregory Caputy, MD, Chief Surgeon
Honolulu, Hawaii



Aug
1999

Q&A: Could my development of hives post itchy eyes/hands/scalp be an indication I could have liver damage?

Question:

It's been couple of months now since I developed a case of hives. I had blood work done and it shows a mildly elevated liver enzyme, otherwise everything is normal. The hives were preceded by itchy eyes, then hands and scalp. Reactine keeps them under control. I tested negative for hepatitis. Could I have liver damage which is causing the hives? What are other symptomes of liver damage? Is it normal to have a mildly high level of one liver enzyme? I've been experiencing some other symptomes since taking prednisone (12 days) which presist after I stopped using it. These are pain in my lower left abdomen mostly, sometimes pain in left kidney, and sometimes some pain under my rib cage on my left side. Couple of years back I was diagnosed with IBS ,but it went away as mysteriously as it came. The symptomes in my abdomen are similar except that the pain in my lower right persists even after I fall asleep. Yet I remain regular and stool is normal, apetite is good. Could my IBS be the cause of the problem? I'm going to get an ultrasound of my liver. I will also make an appointment with an allergist. Maybe these symptomes mean something to you. Is there anything else you can suggest I do?

- Mark

Answer:

Stephen A Imbeau, MD - LocateADoc.com

yes right now I would suggest two things: see a Board Certified Allergist to look for other causes but to also control the hives; and (2) since certain liver diesases can cause hives, I would definitely get a diagnosis of what is going on in the liver

--Stephen A Imbeau, MD
Florence, South Carolina



Jul
1999

Q&A: When do I need to get off the pill to get pregnant?

Question:

I am 32 y/o female who has been on the pill off and on since (this time for 5 yrs total 10 yrs altog) i was 16 y/o from preventing pregnancy to acne to ovarian cysts (non cancerous) which i have had on both ovary's at different times i had abdomen surgery to deflate one of them which was filled with water and stayed in the hospital for days my question is I want to have a baby 1 1/2 -2 yrs and i have read that it can take a long time to become pregnant so i want to plan ahead and want to know the facts-and if i need to get off the pill and when??? and on the other end I am afraid of getting another cyst -help

- worried-in

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

It sounds like you may have polycystic ovaries. If when you stop the pill you don't have regualr periods, see your gynecologist. You may need a little help.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Jun
1999

Q&A: What do gynecologists do during an exam?

Question:

what do gynecologists do during an exam?

- Krissy

Answer:

Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG - LocateADoc.com

They will examine your breasts, heart, lungs. They will then perform a pelvic exam. This consists of examining the external genitalia (labia etc.) and then a speculum will be placed into the vagina to visualize the vagina and cervix A speculum is a metal device to separate the wall of the vagina. A Pap smear will be obtained. The speculum will be removed. The examiner will then insert one or two fingers into the vagina while placing the other hand on your abdomen. This is called a bimanual exam and is done to feel the contour of the uterus and the size of the ovaries. Good luck.

--Daniel Potter, MD, FACOG
Fullerton, California



Mar
1999

Q&A: How do I go about getting rid of stretch marks on my abdomen?

Question:

How do I go about getting rid of stretch marks on my abdomin?

- SU

Answer:

Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

The only way to get rid of stretch marks is to cut out the area of skin that has the stretch marks. On the abdomen that means an abdominoplasty. An abdominoplasty is an operation where excess skin on the lower abdomen is cut away and the underlying muscles tightened. Hope this is helpful to you. Carmen Paradis M.D.

--Carmen Ann Paradis, M.D.
Cleveland, Ohio