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After An Appendectomy
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
Depends: That depends on if the surgery was done laparoscopically or through an incision, and on what type of work you do. Most people go back to work sooner after laparoscopic appendectomy, within 1-2 weeks, but lifting no more than 5 lb for 6-8 weeks. After "open" surgery, folks can return to work 2-3 weeks later, but no lifting, as above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best to wait 30 days: If the appendectomy was done using a minimally invasive technique like laraoscopy, i advise no weight training for 3 weeks after surgery. If the surgery was done open, i advise no weight training or heavy work for 6 weeks. This assumes there were no wound complications from the original procedure. ...Read more
Varies: Depends somewhat if it was open or laparoscopic surgery. Each surgeon will have their own instructions. In my patients i tell them to wait a week after surgery before swimming & to limit the time in the water to less than 30 mminutes at first to watch for any irritation or reaction at the incision. Ask your surgeon for their directions. ...Read more
Lap or open?: Recovery from an uncomplicated laparoscopic appendectomy is measured in a couple of weeks to normal activity, whereas for open or complicated (e.g. Ruptured) appendectomy, return may take a couple of months. Avoidance of strenuous weight lifting is usually advised for 10-12 weeks after surgery. ...Read more
Follow the direction: From your surgeon. Usually no heavy physical labor or heavy exercises for a few weeks. Bathe & shower when ok with your surgeon. Best to eat light foods & drink more liquids early after surgery. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing pain, fever, recurrent vomiting, wound redness or drainage. Do not take narcotic pain medications more than prescribed. ...Read more
I work in care and do a lot of lifting how long before i can return to work after an appendectomy?
After an appendectomy would feeling like you are very hot but actually feeling cold to the touch indicate any possible complications?
Maybe: After illness, feeling normal takes time, so you are not active and your hands and feet feel cool, and the rest of you is warm..One common problem after a ruptured or a gangrenous appendix is an abscess in the abdomen . This will have other symptoms than just feeling hot. Urine and chest infections can follow hospitalisation and surgery, call your surgeon if you feel "off", and get an opinion. ...Read more
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