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What is causing a distended abdomen after appendectomy?

What is causing a distended abdomen after appendectomy?

Gas: Gas and bloating in the abdomen can be normal for a few days after appendix surgery. Was surgery laparoscopic, as gas is used during that surgery for visualization & causes bloated feeling for a few days. Slow inestinal function (ileus) is also common. Eat light small foods. See your surgeon for evaluation & sooner if vomiting or fevers. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more


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I had a laproscopic appendectomy last june & everything went fine but recently I have these severe pain in my lower abdomenal region. What should I do?

I had a laproscopic appendectomy last june & everything went fine but recently I have these severe pain in my lower abdomenal region. What should I do?

See a doctor: If you surgery was in june, there is the possibility that these two things are unrelated. There are a few things that can be related to the surgery than can be causing this pain, although not common. I would suggest following up with the surgeon that did your surgery for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I had an open appendectomy 9 months back. I've started weight lifting &exercising but am experiencing slight discomfort on in my abdomen?

Hernia?: Hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall. Can develop at previous surgery sites. Need to have a surgeon, preferably one who performed your appendectomy, look at it and rule out a developing hernia. Limiting weights is another risk...I would recommend take a break until cleared by surgeon. ...Read more

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I had lap appendectomy 4 days ago. Still have lots of pain in abdomen and sweated all night in bed. Should i be worried?

I had lap appendectomy 4 days ago. Still have lots of pain in abdomen and sweated all night in bed. Should i be worried?

Usual concerns: As after any surgery, watch for signs of infection, fevers, chills, wound drainage, worsening pain. ...Read more

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I just had an appendectomy this week . By the time i got into surgery it was ruptured . My abdomen is very swolen. How long until back to normal?

I just had an appendectomy this week .  By the time i got into surgery it was ruptured .  My abdomen is very swolen. How long until back to normal?

Hopefully, ~2 weeks: With ruptured appendicitis, infection has spread from your appendix to the surrounding area if not throughout your belly. You have an ileus, or sluggish bowel function, for a couple to several days. You need to be on broad-spectrum antibiotics for several days. The chances of complication (e.g., abscess, bowel obstruction) are significant. Best case scenario -- back to normal in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I feel pressure in upper abdomen, it feels like someone squeezing but without pain. Had appendectomy 10d ago. Normal?

Maybe gas: You may have uncoordinated bowel function that is trapping gas. This is often referred to as an ileus, and can be mild, and is very common. Check with your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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Had an appendectomy 3 months ago. Just recently started having server sharp stabbing pain in the lower right abdomen area. What could it be?

Had an appendectomy 3 months ago. Just recently started having server sharp stabbing pain in the lower right abdomen area. What could it be?

See a doctor: for an exam. Probably not related to your surgery 3 months ago. Was there appendicitis seen or was there a normal appendix? Physical exam and further testing is indicated. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Yes , as you have: four mammographies in 2 years . Probably your doctor is following a suspicious density, obviously no change in 2 yrs . 100 lbs weight loss will alter your breast architecture could be one reason. Speak to your doctor for possible image guided needle biopsy of the area , this will alleviate your fear( concern ) once report is available no longer need 2 moms a yr ...Read more

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Whats causing sharp Pain comes and goes in the right abdomen near my internal oblique ? Also had a laparoscopic appendectomy 1 1/2 year ago.

Whats causing sharp Pain comes and goes in the right abdomen near my internal oblique ?  Also had a laparoscopic  appendectomy 1 1/2 year ago.

Right abd pain: May be adhesions from surgery or internal hernia ( spigelian hernia) ,meckels diverticulum or gas. Internal hernia/meckels can be seen on CT/meckels scan, gas can be helped by Maalox, simethicone. Adhesions usually have longer episodes of pain ( so if its fleeting doubt it ), and as a last resort require a laparoscopy to diagnose. F/U with doctor /urgent care when having an episode of pain ...Read more

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Whats causing sharp Pain comes and goes in the right abdomen between my ribs and pelvic? Also had a laparoscopic appendectomy 1 1/2 year ago.

Whats causing sharp Pain comes and goes in the right abdomen between my ribs and pelvic?  Also had a laparoscopic  appendectomy 1 1/2 year ago.

Right abdomen pain: Could be gallbladder disease? Ask you family members if they had similar issues, ask yourself is it worse with fatty foods, worse after eating. Seek the opinion of a surgeon or internist, you may need an ultrasound or CT. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I've had a hysterectomy yet only have my left ovary. I've had an appendectomy. I was told I had an ovarian cyst on the left side, so what is causing the pain on the right?

Depends: How long ago was the surgery? If recent, they may have accidentally left an instrument or sponge in, or it could be a complication related to surgery. Otherwise, it could be something else, and you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is increased ESR harmful?I had got open appendectomy done 2 months back, the pain in lower abdomen& back still persists.

Is increased ESR harmful?I had got open appendectomy done 2 months back, the pain in lower abdomen& back still persists.

Appendix esr: Esr is not specific for any condition. If you are having persistent pain following appendectomy, you should get re-evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have post appendectomy fluid in abdomen, it got inflamed after antibiotics treatment, everything was fine, i'm experiencing mild symptoms again advic?

I have post appendectomy fluid in abdomen, it got inflamed after antibiotics treatment, everything was fine, i'm experiencing mild symptoms again advic?

Could be abscess : It is unusual to develop fluid after a straightforward appendectomy but it can happen. The fluid should be drained with a needle under ct or ultrasound guidance to make sure it is all removed. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has 1mm hernia in lower right abdomen from appendectomy. Can he do sit-ups/other ab exercises or will it make it worse?

Boyfriend has 1mm hernia in lower right abdomen from appendectomy. Can he do sit-ups/other ab exercises or will it make it worse?

No strenuous activit: An incisional hernia needs to be repaired. Strenuous activity and exercise can worsen the problem. It can cause bowel to protrude through the hernia defect and get stuck. This then converts the problem into an emergency. He needs to see his doctor/surgeon in order to get it repaired. ...Read more

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Had appendectomy 13 years ago. Have unbearable sharp pain in lower right abdomen. It hurts to breathe. It is warm. Feel nauseated and faint. Causes?

Not related: This is unlikely to be related to your appendix if it was completely removed. This is more likely related to your ovaries or other pelvic organ. See a doctor get checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Appendectomy (Definition)

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more