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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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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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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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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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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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I have incisional hernia from old emergency appendix removal on & off light pain 4 over a year surgeon says lose 20lbs and wait why? Is this right?

He may: ...Want to correct the defect and would like to lose the wait to properly assess the condition as well do a better on you. If i would suffer from pain i would certainly try to lose the weight to help him help you! ...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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How long would it take for scar tissue from an open appendix removal take to start causing abdomen pain?

Variable: Scar tissue often never causes pain, so it's impossible to determine the answer to your question. If you're having chronic pain after healing from an open appendectomy, see your surgeon. There may be something that could be causing the pain and that could be treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from appendix removal and intestine being detached from abdominal wall?

How long does it take to recover from appendix removal and intestine being detached from abdominal wall?

Varies: Depends on what you mean as "recovery." Internally the organs return to normal function nearly immediately. But pain medication will slow intestinal activity. Externally the incisions heal in a couple weeks if small laparoscopic surgery was used. Larger incisions may take 4-6 weeks to fully heal. ...Read more

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Appendectomy (Definition)

Appendectomy is also known as Removal of appendix. An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more


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