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How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly i had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly i had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

In : In general, for uncomplicated surgeries, it is recommended to wait 6-8 weeks prior to lifting anything heavier that a gallon of milk. This is because the tensile strength of a wound is relatively stable at this point. After this, a slow return to normal pre-surgery activity should ensue. ...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'm curious what do surgeons do with the appendix after an appendectomy?

I'm curious what do surgeons do with the appendix after an appendectomy?

Appendix: The appendix is sent to the Pathology lab in the hospital, to be examined microscopically. pathologic exam can confirm the presence of inflammation (or find other problems, or sometimes find that the appendix was not inflamed). The appendix is fixed in formalin, sectioned, and part of it is processed to make slides, which are then reviewed by an MD. The remaining portion is eventually disposed. ...Read more

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I have been having chronic diarhhea for months. It started after I had my appendix out 3 months ago. Could the appendectomy cause the diarhhea?

I have been having chronic diarhhea for months. It started after I had my appendix out 3 months ago. Could the appendectomy cause the diarhhea?

See your doctor: You had an appendix removed for pain. You have diarrhea for 3 months following appendix removal. You should talk to your doctor and surgeon. You may have diarrhea from the antibiotics you received. You may need treatment. Your doctor will want to see you. This can be treated. ...Read more

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I had a appendectomy & they told me that they didn't find appendicitis but my appendix was white & a little bigger than normal. Is that normal ?

I had a appendectomy & they told me that they didn't find appendicitis but my appendix was white & a little bigger than normal. Is that normal ?

Well you must have : You must have had symptoms of appendicitis. So ask the doctor what did the radiologist diagnose. And also what did the pathologist say. This is how you will know the final diagnosis ...Read more

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Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

No, unless...: Basic rule: don't complicate anything by doing more surgery when risk for infection is increased. However if infection risk is well controlled, and gallbladder disease is well established and documented and the surgeon is made aware that you have been suffering from the disease it wouldn't be entirely prohibited. Should not be done in a "preventative" manner, "while the docs in there anyway...". ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had an appendectomy and was just curious what the surgical team does to the appendix after they remove it?

What do you suggest if i had an appendectomy and was just curious what the surgical team does to the appendix after they remove it?

It is sent to ...: Pathology. The specimen is preserved in formalin and then processed so that the pathologist can look at thin slices of it under the microscope for diagnostic purposes. Most of the time, when the appendix it removed, it is for infection (appendicitis), and the pathologist describes the inflammation. Rarely, other diagnoses are seen, such as cancer. Sometimes, the appendix is normal. ...Read more

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I had an appendectomy two days ago on an appendix that was not bursted. I have sharp pains in my stomach and back with swelling what could it be?

I had an appendectomy two days ago on an appendix that was not bursted. I have sharp pains in my stomach and back with swelling   what could it be?

Pain after surgery: It is usually normal to have pain after a surgical procedure but if the pain is severe and associated with other type of abdominal issues you should be checked immediately in order to rule out post surgical infections or complications. ...Read more

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Hi. My daughter (13) had her appendix removed on April 4th. She had an open appendectomy. She was told not to play sports or dance for two weeks. She went to dance practice last night and felt what she described as a 'pulling' inside and stopped danci

Call her surgeon: Everyone heals at their own rate. She may have needed a little more time to heal. Your daughter made the right decision to stop her activity. Take your daughter back to the surgeon to have her re-evaluated to make sure no damage was done. She may just need to rest a little longer from her surgery. Her surgeon can examine her abdomen and help determine when she can fully return to normal life. ...Read more

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My daughter had a appendectomy for a ruptured appendix that was ruptured, it has been 28 day postop and she still has cramping and pain?

My daughter had a appendectomy for a ruptured appendix that was ruptured, it has been 28 day postop and she still has cramping and pain?

Complication: It is not unusual for the intestines to form sticky patches (adhesions) after such an event. This can lead to variable symptoms as you describe. You may want to call the surgeon's office and schedule a followup evaluation. Evaluation can eliminate some of the more worrisome processes this could be. ...Read more

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Appendectomy if the surgeon discovers that an appendix is burst, should the procedure be done laparoscopically or traditionally?

Appendectomy if the surgeon discovers that an appendix is burst, should the procedure be done laparoscopically or traditionally?

In general: A perforation of the appendix in an acute ill patient will call for an urgent laparotomy. In some cases, a perforation of the appendix can result in self-containment and non-operative management is the treatment if choice. All the best! ...Read more

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I had keyhole appendectomy 3 weks ago. Was doing very well but now pain at site where appendix was. No fever. Bowels normal. Is this normal?

Probably but..: Can be from muscle/tissue trauma at the site. But check with your doctor to make sure that there are no further complications. ...Read more

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Appendectomy 4 weeks ago after appendix ruptured. Took 2 antibiotics, finished both about 2 weeks ago, now have had diarrhea for over a week. Related?

Appendectomy 4 weeks ago after appendix ruptured. Took 2 antibiotics, finished both about 2 weeks ago, now have had diarrhea for over a week. Related?

Likely yes: Diarrhea can occur after taking a prolonged course of antibiotics. Try eating yogurt or take probiotics. If you develop abdominal pain, fever, or if the diarrhea does not resolve soon, then you need to see your doctor asap for evaluation of potential infectious diarrhea (c. Difficele). ...Read more

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Had appendix removed a week ago. Recovering ok but having gas and a lot of diarrhea. Is this normal after laparoscopic appendectomy?

Had appendix removed a week ago. Recovering ok but having gas and a lot of diarrhea. Is this normal after laparoscopic appendectomy?

Yes it is: yes it is normal. make sure you eat yogurt, and banana, and apply heat pad to the abdomen.most likely the diarrhea secondary to the antibiotic use after surgery, the gas is normal, most likely related to the pain medication. so far everything you described is normal. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...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