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Why am i having gas pain after appendectomy?

Why am i having gas pain after appendectomy?

Normal: It is normal for the intestines to be bit uncoordinated after an abdominal operation with general anesthesia. This can cause some bloating, and eventually that all has to come out. There is nothing specific related to the appendectomy and "gas". Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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Is it normal to have pain after an appendectomy?

Sometimes yes: How long ago was your appendectomy? Depending on this answer, pain after this operation could be infection, adhesions, or hernia. Or it could be just healing surgical wound. You should speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

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

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What am i not supposed to do after an appendectomy?

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

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How long after an appendectomy can you lift weights?

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

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How long does it take to heal after an appendectomy?

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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when could you expect to go home after an appendectomy?

Usually: 24 hours or less after surgery unless there are complicating factors such as a serious internal infection needing longer hospital treatment. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to resume normal activities after an appendectomy?

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

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How many days will it take before I can return to work after an appendectomy?

How many days will it take before I can return to work after an appendectomy?

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 more

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I work in care and do a lot of lifting how long before i can return to work after an appendectomy?

2 to 4 weeks: It depends on how the appendectomy was performed. If it was done laparoscopically, i let my patients resume normal activity in 2 weeks. If done open through a muscle splitting incision like a rocky-davis incision, the 4weeks. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Breaux
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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