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Diet Post Appendectomy
RLQ pain: When an abscess forms after an appendectomy it usually causes continued pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. The pain can be in the midline or even a bit to the left depending on the abscess location. There is usually tenderness to palpation, fever and an elevated WBC count. A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis is the best diagnostic test. ...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
You will gain: If that is the only problem, need couple wks of time to recuperate completely. ...Read more
In a post appendectomy or exlap patient, when should the wound be cleaned and dressing changed? How often?
Daily but steri stay: Most patients are discharged with a dressing that can be removed. Daily dressing changes allow the incision to be inspected. If you had exploratory laparotomy you may have steri strips or staples. They stay until you see your surgeon. The instructions should be on discharge summary. Including shower instructions. Your surgeon will review findings and look at wound in follow up. ...Read more
See your surgeon!: If you have an abscess, it must be drained. If it has been drained, and you are having pain from the drain, that will improve as the abscess resolves. I am assuming if you know you have an abscess, someone is treating it. Abscesses (an infected fluid collection) are painful, but that usually improves with drainage and antibiotics. ...Read more
Post appendectomy sepsis I am getting chills and and I feel like vomiting I got my surgery jan 8 can I have sepsis?
Yes.: This does not sound good. It may not be related, but I would suggest talking to your doc asap. ...Read more
I have post appendectomy fluid in abdomen, it got inflamed after antibiotics treatment, everything was fine, I'm experiencing mild symptoms again advic?
Daughter is six days post-appendectomy and she is vomiting until nothing but green bile left to vomit. She is sleeping now, what should we do?
If you cannot: Hold anything down, you get dehydrated. A lot of complciations can cause this. But if someone cannot keep liquids down, there's not much choice except to get immediate treatment. ...Read more
Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.
Side effect: Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause tendonitis, but only one dose is unlikely to be reason, but not impossible. Another thought would be that you favored the left leg while walking around post surgery and it is slightly inflamed? If it continues, ask your MD about switching antibiotics. ...Read more
C. Diff: Have to be concerned about an infection in the colon caused by a bacterium called clostridium difficila. Most often occurs after given an antibiotic for some other reason (appendicitis). Anitibiotics can kill off "good" bacteria in colon leading to over growth of bad bugs- c. Diff. Need to have stool checked and if present treated with oral antibiotics. Good also be an abscess in pelvis. ...Read more
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
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
I am having stomach pains and diarrhea and had a appendectomy in june is that the cause of my pain?
I want my appendix out so I know I will never get appendicitis. What can I do to get an appendectomy?
About to shower for the first time after my appendectomy. Do put new bandages on the stitches (dissolvable)? It was laparascopic.
Follow the Rules: Customs vary quite a bit amongst surgeons with respect to how they advise their patients to care for wounds postop. I use "super glue" over absorbable suture w/o any dressing; my patients can shower the day after surgery. If your surgeon made no mention of using a dressing after showering, you are probably "good-to-go", but it's no harm to ask his/her office. Good luck! ...Read more
My sister just had an appendectomy two days ago. She came home from the hospital yesterday. She says it hurts to eat. Is that normal?
Vague question: Need to answer where does it hurt and when ...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