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How long is an appendectomy recovery? how long is a normal recovery time after having an appendectomy? i have high blood pressure but no other health issues.

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Dr. Robert Elliott
General Surgery 41 years experience
All : All recoveries vary enormously, depending on many factors. Certainly this is affected by the severity of the infection and how the appendix was removed. Even the definition of "recover" varies: for a desk job it may be a few days but for a job with heavy lifting (i think of roofers) it may be a few weeks. I have never given a patient a timetable for activities as it is impossible to predict the recovery. Instead i recommend that they simply listen to the body as it will predict on a moment-to-moment basis what you can do and will punish you for exceeding these limits.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
It : It is difficult to describe a "normal recovery time" from surgery, as it is highly variable from one person the the next. It depends slightly on age, what surgery was done (open or laparoscopic), how ill one was before the surgery, and the degree of infection prior to surgery (as appendectomy surgery is usually done for appendicitis). Usually most people are fairly close to their "normal" status in 1 to 2 weeks from surgery, but it would take longer to be able to do heavy vigorous labor or exercises. It could take 6 to 8 weeks to feel fully back to one's normal self, as there can also be a time period of not having your full normal strength and stamina.

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