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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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Had an appendectomy two weeks ago. Just started to have lower right abdominal pain along with nausea and low appetite.

Had an appendectomy two weeks ago. Just started to have lower right abdominal pain along with nausea and low appetite.

See a doctor: Your pain could be related to the PCOS, or menstrual cycle pain, or adhesion formation after surgery. However, 2 weeks after surgery another possibility is an abscess formation. Typically they form 7-10 days after surgery. It's not uncommon, and needs to be treated promptly. See your surgeon to make sure nothing further needs to be done. ...Read more

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I had a lap appendectomy 1week ago. Abdominal pain worsened 3 days ago. I have a lot of nausea dizziness. I have been lifting my 25lb baby. Ab swellin?

I had a lap appendectomy 1week ago. Abdominal pain worsened 3 days ago. I have a lot of nausea dizziness. I have been lifting my 25lb baby. Ab swellin?

Be checked.: You may have just done too much but to be safe you should see your surgeon and get checked. There is always the possibility of a leak from the appendix stump, abscess formation, post-op ileus, or other complications, so be safe and get checked. ...Read more

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3 weeks after my laparoscopic appendectomy I still have abdominal pain, low appetite, diarrhea with blood and mucus and feel very tired?

3 weeks after my laparoscopic appendectomy I still have abdominal pain, low appetite, diarrhea with blood and mucus and feel very tired?

Speak to your: Surgeon, about the time pain should be subsiding, especially to the attention ' diarrhea, blood and mucus ' in stool, foe c. Diiff. Infection. ...Read more

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15 days after an appendectomy, my 4 yr old son starts having intermittent abdominal pain around belly button w/ low grade fever. What to do?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring his temperature and letting your PCP know about any fever, vomiting or worsening pain. It may be an infection related or unrelated to the surgery. If there is acute worsening, please see the ED right away.
The scar should now be healed and dry. ...Read more

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I'm 10 weeks post laparoscopic appendectomy, returned to work after 3 weeks, but still suffering from abdominal pain and and swelling.

I'm 10 weeks post laparoscopic appendectomy, returned to work after 3 weeks, but still suffering from abdominal pain and and swelling.

Return to surgeon...: Returning to the surgeon for evaluation & counseling is the most reasonable thing to follow at this time, although someone online may guess the possibility of having delayed infection, small entrapped hernia to lap opening, or undue adhesion, etc. To have the related things for good care done correctly, please follow instructions described in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish... ...Read more

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Lap appendectomy 3 days ago. Still cannot get out or in bed by herself because of abdominal pain. Is this normal? Cough/laugh causes excruciating pain

Lap appendectomy 3 days ago. Still cannot get out or in bed by herself because of abdominal pain. Is this normal? Cough/laugh causes excruciating pain

Should not: Be that painful at this time. I would most definitely discuss with your surgeon and have him/her examine you and see fi you have had a complication such as an abscess, which needs to be treated. ...Read more

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I had an appendectomy done 3wks ago laparascopic, but I recently started getting rt abdominal pain and left shoulder pain. Also bloating. Is it normal?

I had an appendectomy done 3wks ago laparascopic, but I recently started getting rt abdominal pain and left shoulder pain. Also bloating. Is it normal?

No: This may be indicative of persistent inflammation which should be resolving. You should contact your physician who may perform additional evaluation or testing. ...Read more

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I have had an appendectomy. Having right lower abdominal pain, nausea, dry heaves and lowgrade fever what could it be?

Depends: How long ago was your surgery? If it was less than about 6-8 weeks ago, then contact your surgeon for evaluation to be sure an infection or abscess has not formed. If the surgery was a longer time ago, then there may be other possibilities & you would need to see your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Severe lower left abdominal pain. Have had hysterectomy, appendectomy, ct, colonoscopy. No answers. Pain is intermittent w/no pattern/trigger. Ideas?

IBD: You may have ibd if all those studies are negative. If so, then treatment with metamucil or its equivalent, should relieve
your symptoms. Another cause could be pelvic adhesions. You should see a surgeon, a diagnostic laparoscopy may be in order depending on the severity of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a 33 year old appendectomy scar w/a new large & painful lump on one of the staple sites. Severe abdominal pain, low grade fever, all tests neg.

I have a 33 year old appendectomy scar w/a new large & painful lump on one of the staple sites. Severe abdominal pain, low grade fever, all tests neg.

Incarcerated hernia: This sounds quite worrisome for a trapped segment of bowel in your old surgical site. I recommend you getting this treated promptly - especially if you already have fever. A surgeon or an ER would be the type of doctor (s) you need to see. I wonder if you lifted something heavy which may have caused the hernia to occur? Please see a doctor NOW who would know about these things - a surgeon is best. ...Read more

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Appendectomy in January. Constipation, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea. Still abdominal pain, stabbing pain during period. Meds sometimes help. May now. Pls help?

Appendectomy in January. Constipation, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea. Still abdominal pain, stabbing pain during period. Meds sometimes help. May now. Pls help?

Post surgery: I would follow up with your primary care physician you might have picked up an intestinal infection or something else that was a Post op Intestinal issure surgery is stressful to the body and can be a prolonged process you can continuing to have symptoms you should follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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Lower right abdominal pain, with hip tenderness accompanied by nausea and radiating lower back pain. Two endometriosis surgeries already and 6 months of lupron (leuprolide). Also had an appentectomy. Is the endo back!?

Lower right abdominal pain, with hip tenderness accompanied by nausea and radiating lower back pain. Two endometriosis surgeries already and 6 months of lupron (leuprolide). Also had an appentectomy. Is the endo back!?

Surg. Complication?: It would appear either the original process continues unabated or there is a surgical complication. I suggest you see the original surgeon (probably your ob-gyn doc). ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic appendectomy 3 weeks ago Thursday, and I am still having stomach pain. I hurt mainly around my belly button. Is this normal?

Post-operative pains: It is very normal to have pains at the incisions especially at the umbilicus after a laparoscopic appendectomy. As long as you have no other symptoms there should not be much of a concern. ...Read more

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My 8 yr old had appendectomy 4 weeks ago till now he still passes gaz and complains of stomach pain and very busy bowel movement is this normal moreov?

My 8 yr old had appendectomy 4 weeks ago till now he still passes gaz and complains of stomach pain and very busy bowel movement is this normal moreov?

Possibly: Children receive strong broad spectrum antibiotics at the time of surgery and for a period afterwards if the appendix is ruptured. These antibiotics can predispose to c. Difficile infection which could cause your child's symptoms. Get a stool culture. ...Read more

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Till when does stomach pain will persist after 2 months of appendectomy? The reports are normal, the cause of pain is still unknown!

Other issues: There may be additional underlying problems. Scar pain usually resolves by now.
See your doctor, they may need to further evaluate. ...Read more

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Distended stomach pain watery diarrhea fever 3 weeks post appendectomy?

Distended stomach pain watery diarrhea fever 3 weeks post appendectomy?

C. Diff: Have to be concerned about an infection in the colon caused by a bacterium called clostridium difficila. Most often occurs after given an antibiotic for some other reason (appendicitis). Anitibiotics can kill off "good" bacteria in colon leading to over growth of bad bugs- c. Diff. Need to have stool checked and if present treated with oral antibiotics. Good also be an abscess in pelvis. ...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?

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

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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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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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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Had an appendectomy but white cell count is high and abdominal area is distended?

Had an appendectomy but white cell count is high and abdominal area is distended?

Possible abscess: You should seek attention if these symptoms last more than a week after surgery, it could represent an abscess or other problem. ...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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more


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