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Are There Any Risks With Removing Your Appendix
Yes.: The appendix serves no function that we are aware of, therefore, people do very well without one. If caught early and removed prior to rupture, appendectomy is a low-risk procedure, with low complication rates comparable to any abdominal surgery. If the appendix has ruptured, there is a risk of developing a delayed infection weeks after surgery. ...Read more
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
No.: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed due to the high incidence of acute appendicitis. We believe that the appendix has a minor role in immune function, most likely in infancy. The long-term consequences of appendectomy are related to scar tissue that may have arisen from the appendicitis and/or surgery, which can rarely cause bowel obstructions or infertility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When can I begin working as a waitress again after removing my appendix? (I got several small cuts on my right side instead of a big one)
80 year old male diagnosed with burst appendix. Treated for infection and released without removing appendix. Should appendix be removed.?
Varies: Some medical reports indicate that once a ruptured appendix is drained and treated successfully with antibiotics, in some british studies, that an interval appendectomy may not be necessary. Ask your doctors their opinion as to risk of surgery after recovered versus continued observation. It may depend on the person's overall health and risks for having surgery. ...Read more
Year after removing appendix- blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?
How low?: Either the absolute lymphocyte or the absolute neutrophil count needs to be markedly below reference range before you give this another thought. Both of these fluctuate wildly from hour to hour. If you feel well, the decision will be either "repeat next year" or "repeat in a few weeks." Stay fit and manage life's stresses and don't give it much worry. ...Read more
Is it possible that I still experience some pain after one year of removing my appendix? Is it the scar tissue acting up with stress? What can I do?
The recovery of the appendix in the intestine is done. The recovery of the muscle and scar tissue can take a year or longer. Continue ti recover by eating well with every meal. Exercise daily and walk walk walk.
Your muscles need to be strengthened and stretched in order to maintain best performance. It is a life long goal for everyone. The nerves of that area are still recovering. ...Read more
I was operated in 2006 for removing appendix there after my legs became swollen up until now doctors say this is not related to operation?
My wife just had surgery removing her appendex 4 days ago but yesterday we noticed little red spots all over her stomach and its getting worse! Can anyone tell me what it is?
May be allergy: Could be an allergy to the prep or medication. Call your surgeon or primary care, and get it looked at soon. ...Read more
Abdominal pain: After appendectomy, the severe pain you had prior to the surgery should be gone immediately, replaced by surgical pain from the incision. That pain should gradually improve day by day over 3 to 5 days. If you have persistent or worsening pain, you need to notify your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
Right Lower Quad: Your appendix is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Holly:tell the patient what you have been taught- put thumb on asis (that bone that sticks out at the bottom of the lower right side of your belly) and your 5th finger (pinky) on the edge of the pubic bone (near where the hair ends) extend index finger and find where appendix usually is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common symptoms: Dscomfort around the belly button, usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours. IWorsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing Pain may increase with movement, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the abdomen, abdomen feels hard, onstipation, mild diarrhea, slight fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, however: There is a very rare condition known as situs inversus where your internal organs are reversed or are a mirror image of the normal organ locations. This is an anomaly that occurs during fetal development, usually of no significance. ...Read more
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