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Diet For Appendectomy
After a laparscopic appendectomy what are if any limitations in diets, activity, and health care. Such as cleaning wounds and dressing them?
Ok to ask surgeon: Your surgeon and facility typically give verbal and written instructions on what to expect after surgery. Ok to call and ask, make your post op appointment at the same time. Typically diet limited until bowels are moving, and avoiding heavy lifting for two weeks is the answer. ...Read more
An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ extending from the first part of the large intestine. It is removed when it becomes inflamed or infected. A perforated appendix can leak and infect the entire abdominal area, which can be life-threatening. An appendectomy is done under general anesthesia, which means you are asleep and do not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area ...Read more
Can you drink alcohol after laparoscopic appendectomy? It's been a few weeks back on my regular diet
A small dose once a day would be OK!
Who decides "small" is up to you but don't overdo anything! ...Read more
I did an appendectomy and I have more diarrhea than other people like my parents (same diet), friends and brothers. The lack of appendix can causethis?
I had a laparoscopic appendectomy 4 days ago and would like to know if it is too soon to be able to go to a regular diet. I'd like to eat some protein?
If yo want to eat: Then eat. Trust your body to know when you are ready to eat. ...Read more
I had an appendectomy 7days I have not had a bowel movement for 10 days I'm on an all liquid diet as requested by gp/taken mild laxatives not helping?
Post Op Complication: You are having a post operative complication. It is inappropriate to be seeking care for the complication from any physician other than the surgeon. Surgeon's must be informed of complications so that they can correct the problem before complications worsen. Please contact your surgeon. You were given written and verbal instructions to take home after surgery on how to do this. ...Read more
Had an appendectomy, but am currently experiencing the same symptoms as during my appendicitis. Not sure what to do.
See your surgeon....: Was your surgery recent? Pains or illness after surgery, especially after what was likely an emergency surgery for you, needs to be addressed by your surgeon. Contact your surgeon to ask questions & make an appointment for evaluation. However, if the surgery was more than several months ago, then see your primary doctor or go to an er to be evaluated. ...Read more
My nephew is 9 years old and he had an appendectomy 2 days ago. He says he doesn't feel when he pees on himself. Should we be worried?
I had an appendectomy 7 years ago. I'm 19 years old and female. They went through my bellybutton and now it hurts and feels hard when pressed
I have been having chronic diarhhea for months. It started after I had my appendix out 3 months ago. Could the appendectomy cause the diarhhea?
See your doctor: You had an appendix removed for pain. You have diarrhea for 3 months following appendix removal. You should talk to your doctor and surgeon. You may have diarrhea from the antibiotics you received. You may need treatment. Your doctor will want to see you. This can be treated. ...Read more
I went from 125 pounds to 113 in a week due to my lap. Appendectomy. How do I gain all my weight back so I'm not severely unhealthy? I'm 5'11.
Patience: Physicians are always surprised by this question. There is nothing wrong with you. And one would never ever want to force or add burden to a healing body. Time and returning to normal is how this will happen, please be patient with your body. Take care of yourself. Do not eat unhealthily just to feel that you are making a normal process go faster. ...Read more
Surgical procedure: Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small organ attached to the right colon. When the appendix goes bad, the best more durable treatment to avoid serious health disruption is an appendectomy, which can be done with traditional open surgery or with a laprascopic approach. Be well. ...Read more
General Surgery: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon. The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply. ...Read more
And others: Less common problems can include bleeding, anesthesia related problems, and leak at the colon site where the appendix was removed. These are much less likely than infection after appendectomy. The earlier that appendicitis is diagnosed and treated the less likely you are to have complications from surgery. ...Read more
Varies: Depends somewhat if it was open or laparoscopic surgery. Each surgeon will have their own instructions. In my patients I tell them to wait a week after surgery before swimming & to limit the time in the water to less than 30 mminutes at first to watch for any irritation or reaction at the incision. Ask your surgeon for their directions. ...Read more
You really don't. ..: Want to be. Whether performed openly or laparoscopically, appendectomy is an intra-abdominal operation most frequently performed under general anesthesia. Most appendectomies these days are performed laparoscopically. For such a procedure, the abdominal wall must be relaxed and the patient's ventilation controlled, leading to the choice of general anesthesia. ...Read more
Appendix removed: Appendix can be removed open or with a laparoscope, surgeon accesses the appendix through a larger incision if open or several small incisions if laparoscopic. A camera allows the surgeon to see inside your abdomen to guide the instruments. The appendix is removed. After the appendix is removed, the small incisions are cleaned, closed, and dressed. ...Read more
See your doctor: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix that requires surgery. Appendicitis causes 24 to 48 hours of worsening right lower abdominal pain that can be associated with nausea, vomiting, or fever. Your doctor would need to examine you, and possibly do blood tests and maybe an x-ray or ct scan. If your appendix is normal you do not need an appendectomy. ...Read more
Follow the direction: From your surgeon. Usually no heavy physical labor or heavy exercises for a few weeks. Bathe & shower when ok with your surgeon. Best to eat light foods & drink more liquids early after surgery. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing pain, fever, recurrent vomiting, wound redness or drainage. Do not take narcotic pain medications more than prescribed. ...Read more
Best to wait 30 days: If the appendectomy was done using a minimally invasive technique like laraoscopy, I advise no weight training for 3 weeks after surgery. If the surgery was done open, I advise no weight training or heavy work for 6 weeks. This assumes there were no wound complications from the original procedure. ...Read more
Post operative pain: Pain after surgery, or post operative pain is expected and treated in several ways. First line therapy is narcotic pain meds. The pain should take a pattern of decreasing over 5 to 10 days. A pain scale is often used and subjective rank from the patient should be 4-6 out of 10. ...Read more
Variable: Depends on the size & location of the scar & other factors such as degree of infection. May take 4-6 weeks before one can do all normal activities. ...Read more
More Details?: What is she embarrassed about? The scar? I am not sure of your question. If the scar is unsightly, it can be 'revised' or removed surgically and reclosed to try to make it 'less unsightly'. Not sure what you are asking? ...Read more
Yes: Deep anesthesia is not needed. All that is required is that the area by pain free so that the appendix can easily be removed. This would probably be done by laparoscopic surgery with the anesthesiologist using a caudal anesthetic, similar to a spinal, where an anesthetic agent is given by needle to the tissue around the spinal cord numbing the lower belly wall. ...Read more
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more