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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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How bad is appendix surgery?

Dr. Jon Krook Dr. Krook
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How bad is appendix surgery?

Depends: If your appendix is not ruptured, you should be able to go home the next day. If ruptured, you will likely require multiple days of IV antibiotics and days in the hospital. Some patients, if done laparoscopically and their appendix is not ruptured, can go home the same day. ...Read more

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Is appendix surgery dangerous?

Is appendix surgery dangerous?

No.: An appendectomy is one of the most common and straightforward operations performed by general surgeons. The risk of surgery is primarily related to the overall health of the patient. With acute appendicitis, the appendix, by definition, is "infected". Therefore, most complications are related to one's response to infection. Most people are home in a day-or-two and back to normal in a few wks. ...Read more

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What can I expect from appendix surgery?

Get well and go home: Appendix surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgery , considered relatively low risk surgery , that will prevent catastrophic complications . You will have slight pain for couple of days, with early diagnosis and laparoscopic surgery you will go home next day ( most of the time ) ...Read more

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I supposedly have an intussuscepted appendix. Surgery has been offered, but i don't know what to do. Any recommendation?

Surgery: Intussusception in adults may be caused by a tumor (e.g. Tumor at the tip of the appendix acts as a lead point that causes it to intussuscept). No surgery is without a risk, but if there are no contraindications to surgery with general anesthesia, it is an indicated procedure in this case. The tumor, if present, may be too small to be detected by imaging studies. ...Read more

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How long should i wait to run after appendix surgery?

How long should i wait to run after appendix surgery?

Post op: Depends on your surgeons preference. Most say 4-6 weeks before strenuous physical activity. Better ask the surgeon for sure though ...Read more

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Can I masturbate after appendix surgery? I was in the surgery 6 days ago

Appendectomy: I would 4-6 weeks for the scar to heal properly before you engage in masturbation ...Read more

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I have constipation after appendix surgery?

Most likely: Due to pain meds and relative immobility. Walk alot rather than layiong around, cut back on pain meds and use an anti inflammatory such as Motrin instead of a narcotic for pain. Drink 80-100oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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After appendix surgery, doing intance activities could you develope having hernia? How can you tell if you have hernia or not?

After appendix surgery, doing intance activities could you develope having hernia?  How can you tell if you have hernia or not?

Doing too much : If you lift heavy things, cough a lot, do too much exercise before you're healed, it can cause a hernia. It would be a bulge at an incision which changes size, ie gets bigger with effort then smaller when you relax. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before going back to the gym after an appendix surgery? It was an open surgery, 4.5 cm incision. I'm 25 yo.

A few weeks: Wounds in healthy people reach 70-80% of full healed strength in about a month. Thus traditional advice is one month before engaging in strenuous muscular activity. Cardio activity may be ok earlier. Some appendectomy incisions created in a manner designed to protect muscles & may speed recovery. Check with your Doc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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After appendix surgery, and you are an athlete, you start instance training after 5 weeks, could their be some damage in the stomach?

After appendix surgery, and you are an athlete, you start instance training  after 5 weeks, could their be some damage in the stomach?

No: The large intestine site of the appendix, is healed by then and no strenuous activities would affect the remaining healing process. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can we eat eggs after appendix surgery?

Yes, usually fine: Eating eggs is totally permissible for those that do not have an appendix, if it was removed for acute appendicitis. On rare occasion, undiagnosed intolerance or allergy to eggs can result in a misdiagnosis of appendicitis. In this case, the symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea) will persist after appendectomy, since the allergy is in the intestinal tract. If this is the case, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Pain around the penis area 2 weeks after appendix surgery ! is this normal ?

Pain around the penis area 2 weeks after appendix surgery ! is this normal ?

Not usually: Penile pain after an appendectomy is not common. If you had a foley catheter during the procedure, you may have some irritation from that . A urinary tract infection is also a possibility. I would recommend a visit with your doctor for a urinalysis. ...Read more

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My husband had appendix surgery 65 years ago is having severe pain where scar is what could it be?

My husband had appendix surgery 65 years ago is having severe pain where scar is what could it be?

Could be adhesions: After a surgery scar tissues forms. Scar tissue is hard and unforgiving. Years after a surgery these formations can causes severe pain. Treatment is removal of the adhesions but remember this is another surgery so you will end up with more adhesions as the years go on ...Read more

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Its almost 10 days to my laproscopic appendix surgery and i am flying after 3 days is it safe to fly?

Its almost 10 days to my laproscopic appendix surgery and i am flying after 3 days is it safe to fly?

YES: I know of no contraindications against flying after this limited surgery!
AS ALWAYS ...check it with your treating surgeon!

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Hy am 27 years old and my 11 years Child done an appendix surgery and after the surgery Is keepin on vomiting is it normal?

Hy am 27 years old and my 11  years  Child  done an appendix surgery and after the surgery Is keepin on vomiting is it normal?

Missing data: How long ago was the surgery ? Is the kid home or hospitalized ? Any fever ? Have you called the treating surgeon ? You get the most from this site when you provide specific background information that will allow a reasoned response to any question. There is too much missing info here to be precise but it doesn't sound normal, You need to call the treating doc. ...Read more

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I had appendix surgery couple weeks ago, 3 small incisions 2 small and a bigger one, the bigger one bleed a little but no pain what might reason be??

I had appendix surgery couple weeks ago, 3 small incisions 2 small and a bigger one, the bigger one bleed a little but no pain what might reason be??

Seroma: Drainage can be from an infection, seroma, or stitch. If the area is not tender, swollen, on going, or you have fevers, it's unlikely to be infected. IF The trees let me take it should resolve on its own with time.I would call your surgeons office to check in with them. ...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