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how long does an appendectomy take?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Varies: Depends if it is open or laparoscopic surgery. Usually surgery would be under an hour unless there is a lot of internal scarring or internal infection making surgery take longer.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
General Surgery: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon. The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply.
Dr. Ernest Block
Trauma Surgery 35 years experience
I would agree. There is no clear advantage to one procedure over the other in most patients. In some advanced cases of appendicitis, a laparotomy is warranted (larger incision in middle of abdomen).
Dec 28, 2011
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to heal after an appendectomy?

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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management 39 years experience
Not long: That depends on the type of appendectomy done. If it was done laparoscopically you may feel back to normal within a couple of days. If you needed a larger incision it could take weeks to a few months depending on the type of incision.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long will my bloating from appendectomy take to go away?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Few days: Laparoscopic surgery uses gas to see. Abdominal bloating resolves over a few days. Ileus also can cause bloating. Eat small amounts at first and drink more liquids. Warm heating pad can help a little.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from appendectomy?

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Dr. Daniel Para
General Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: If you had a laparoscopic surgery for your appendectomy and your appendix was not ruptured with abscess, you will recover quickly (5-8 days). Larger inciisions, and more advanced disease of the appendix could lay you up for 1-2 wks.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for an appendectomy to heal internally?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unclear: When the appendix is removed laparoscopically, the base of the appendix is secured, either by a loop tie with suture, or by stapler. Although somewhat controversial, the stapled closure of the base of the appendix is thought to have advantages over the loop ligature, however whether there is added security from subsequent leaks from the stump has not been definitely answered.

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