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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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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


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Side effects after having appendix removal?

Side effects after having appendix removal?

Not expected: in a simple appendectomy unless you meant complications from surgical error, which is rare nowadays, or lingering infection from a ruptured appendix which may take weeks to recover even with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do you recommend i fast before my appendix removal surgery?

Do you recommend i fast before my appendix removal surgery?

Fasting with surgery: If you are having elective surgery with general anesthesia then you should not eat or drink anything after midnight of the day of surgery. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recovery from an appendix removal?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recovery from an appendix removal?

10-28 days: If uncomplicated, and performed laparoscopically, then the patient should be good to go in about 10 days. If an open procedure was performed, then the recovery will be about 4 weeks. But, every surgeon has their own absolute restrictions, so make sure to clarify this. Good luck. ...Read more

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When is it safe to go back to work after laparoscopic appendix removal?

When is it safe to go back to work after laparoscopic appendix removal?

Depends : It really depends on the type of work you do and how difficult the procedure was. I would check with the surgeon as they should be able to give you a very good estimate of when you can go back to work safely. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have to use a catheter during appendix removal surgery?

Is it possible that I have to use a catheter during appendix removal surgery?

Yes, temporarily: The use of a foley catheter to drain the bladder during abdominal surgery is not uncommon. These are generally placed after anesthesia is given and removed within 24 hours after surgery. Occasionally the foley catheter is not used, but if the patient cannot urinate after surgery, catheterization may be required once or twice until the patient can urinate on their own. ...Read more

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Can appendix removal cause complications for a woman to become pregnant?

Can appendix removal cause complications for a woman to become pregnant?

No and yes: No uncomplicated appendicitis and appendectomy regardless if it is done open or laparoscopic will not effect the woman ability to have a children. But ruptured appendix with peritonitis can cause enough adhesions inside the pelvis that could very rarely affect the women ability to have children . ...Read more

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Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Yes: usually both are done laprascopically (small incisions). Only difference will likely be the soreness from appendectomy will be less as the procedure is in the lower right part of your abdomen, not right under rib cage. ...Read more

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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