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Laparoscopic appendectomy recovery time.. When can I swim again?

Laparoscopic appendectomy recovery time.. When can I swim again?

The best thing...: Is to ask the surgeon who performed the operation. I would let my patients go swimming about 2 weeks postoperatively, assuming normal uncomplicated healing. ...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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I recently had an appendectomy, what can I expect as far as recovery time, pain etc?

Pain: Depends how how sick your appendix was(whether perforated or not) and how your surgery was done(open or laparoscopically). In general for laparoscopic appendectomy for nonperforated appendicitis, expect 2-3 days of pain that requires narcotic pain meds, then soreness for 2-3 weeks. Any fevers, vomiting, or worsening pain would be concerning. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

2-3days: It is dependent on the amount of inflammation at time of surgery; also on the person and what you call recovery. I have had patients who have gone back to work within 3 days and some not for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

No effect: This will not speed up nor slow down healing. If this is your normal pattern, don't worry. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery after an open appendectomy?

Variable: Depends on the size & location of the scar & other factors such as degree of infection. May take 4-6 weeks before one can do all normal activities. ...Read more

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Is it normal to return to normal volleyball practice after only 1 week recovery after lapparoscopic appendectomy?

Lap Appy recovrry: Recovery can be quick after a lap appendectomy. Newer access ports split in between muscle fibers and minimize bleeding and pain. We also use more of the smaller access ports. Congrats on getting back to normal! ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period from an appendectomy?

How long is the recovery period from an appendectomy?

10-28 days: After a laparscopic appendix removal the patient may resume lifting and exercise in 10 days, in most cases. With an open approach the recovery would be more like 3-4 weeks. Other factors can be influential, and your surgeon will make it quite clear when you may resume your activities. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have to have a cholecystectomy and appendectomy with possible cecum removal. How long will recovery be?

Post surgery: It depends on your overall health. More medical or complex medical issues, the longer is the recovery. ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic appendectomy and lysis of adhesions done 12 days ago. I feel weak and nauseated daily. Is this normal? Is recovery longer?

Will recover soon: Type of surgery you have, return of bowel function will take couple of wks, you will feel better in wk or so, please speak to 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