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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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What could be causing my appendix scar to hurt? It's been ten years since the surgery. I'm not doing any excessive exercise. I have suspected endo.

What could be causing my appendix scar to hurt? It's been ten years since the surgery. I'm not doing any excessive exercise. I have suspected endo.

Scar Pain: Surgical scars themselves can be sources of pain - either by being too close to superficial nerves, or acting as "interference fields" (disturbing chemical messengers). This type of pain usually responds quite well to injection treatments with either procaine and/or dextrose15%. I have also used other mixtures, such as vitamin B12 with success. Good luck! dr. Bond www.Totalcare-la.Com. ...Read more

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My appendix scar i've had for 10 years still hurts sometimes especially when i go run why is that? It doesn't swell or anything it feel like a strain.

Scar tissue: You may have some scar tissue around one of the sensory nerves. Consider seeing a pain management physician trained in injection therapy to see if this may be an option for you. ...Read more

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Had an lap appendectomy 3 weeks ago.feeling pain on the ex-appendix place after eating, and pain on the post op scar (same location). Okay ?

Had an lap appendectomy 3 weeks ago.feeling pain on the ex-appendix place after eating, and pain on the post op scar (same location). Okay ?

Sounds OK: You can expect to have some pain at the site of the incisions for sure. At those sites, the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall were separated. There will be some scarring and swelling. Regarding the pain where the appendix used to be, it is less clear. Patients often experience some inflammation in the RLQ after this operation. If your symptoms persist for much longer, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Started abdominal massage this week. Noticed 16 yr old appendix scar minimize to a stretch mark - possible? I really believe it never was this thin

Apparently so!: My best guess is that the massage broke up some adhesions/scar tissue under the skin that was stretching the scar out, thus allowing the surface area of the scar to shrink- the scar is still there but less stretched out so looks smaller. ...Read more

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If i had PID would that cause my appendix scar to hurt as well as severe period pain like cramping?

If i had PID would that cause my appendix scar to hurt as well as severe period pain like cramping?

It Can: Pid can be mild or every severe. When it is severe it often requires hospital IV treatment. It can cause severe pain that lasts even for many years. It can lead to a lot of scarring in the belly all over that causes pain and even infertility. Mild pid is more unpredictable. But it is difficult to predict. ...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'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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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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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...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