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I have just had my appendix removed. Do i need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

I have just had my appendix removed. Do i need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

Very common, post op: Your diet post appendecomy should be soft and bland with slow advancement to a more normal diet. Post surgery 'gas' and 'gurgling' is normal. Surgical removal of the appendix causes the rest of the small/large bowel to act irregular and irritable. This should slowly regain a normal flow pattern. Avoid heavy foods with high bulk. Avoid gas forming foods. Add probiotics, yogurt. Avoid constipation. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

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


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Please describe a good post surgery diet to lose weight?

Please describe a good post surgery diet to lose weight?

Negative balance: Weight loss is achieved by increasing energy/caloric expenditure and decreasing caloric intake. The combination of diet and exercise achieves negative caloric balance. Try "my fitness pal" a free app to help you. Isometrics burn calories. Eat half portions, avoid alcohol and sweet beverages, increase your veggies and switch to low fat foods. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would be the recommended diet for post op bariatric surgery?

What would be the recommended diet for post op bariatric surgery?

Depends: Each surgeon has their own protocol for diet after surgery. And it often depends on which procedure you have done. Generally speaking, however, you will likely be on liquids for a short period of time, and then advance from there to soft diet, to regular food. Just less of it. ...Read more

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What to do about chalazion post surgery?

What to do about chalazion post surgery?

Dressing/stiches rem: Once the chalazion is surgically incised and if it is large you will need stiches and these need to be removed after 5to7 days, small ckalazion may not need stiches and the small wound need to be dressed till healed, it may take 5to7days as long as there is no complication like infection. ...Read more

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What are the best post-surgery foods to aid recovery?

What are the best post-surgery foods to aid recovery?

balanced diet: It is important to consume a balanced diet following any surgery. Smoking should be avoided at all costs. Diabetes should be closely controlled if present. Patients should rest. And if there is any significant swelling and bruising, i generally recommend patients take an oral supplement called arnica. This supplement is a natural remedy which rapidly improves bruising and swelling. ...Read more

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How long does it take for edema to go down post-surgery?

How long does it take for edema to go down post-surgery?

4wk to 1 year: Variable depending on the body site. The extremities including fingers, hands and feet can be about 4 weeks, and the face and nose can take all the way up to 1 year depending on the extent of the surgery. Best is to discuss with the surgeon who did your surgery. ...Read more

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What are some things to do to avoid post-surgery complications?

What are some things to do to avoid post-surgery complications?

Great Question!: A lot depends on the specific operation; however, in general, eat well, sleep well, avoid tobacco and alcohol, limit pain-medication, try to be active w/o overdoing it, and, most importantly, follow your surgeon's instructions. Remember: common sense goes a long way. ...Read more

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Are there stitches that dissolves in the body? I.E. No need for a post surgery to remove the stitches?

Are there stitches that dissolves in the body? I.E. No need for a post surgery to remove the stitches?

Yes!: Some sutures are designed to dissolve as the area heals. Others must be removed. All sutures that are deep in the chest or abdomen, for example, dissolve on their own. The external sutures you get in the emergency room may have to be removed; it's easy and usually painless. Your doctor should tell you what type of after-care you will need. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Allergic reaction: Hives can be related to an early allergic reaction to one of your new medications. After surgery you likely have narcotic pain medications, sedative, antibiotic and others. Okay to call your pharmacy about possible allergic reaction to any new medication. Other possibilities exist, so call in to your surgery team as well. ...Read more

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Acl post surgery timeline. What's that like, what to do?

Acl post surgery timeline. What's that like, what to do?

Typical protocol for: Me is bracing in hinged brace. Dressing off at 4-7 days and then you can shower. Stitches out at 14 days. All the while therapy in the brace and wean out of brace 4-6 weeks once quad strength has returned. Crutch use typically is done by 2-3 weeks. Then pt 2-3 times a week until about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder removal, post surgery concerns?

Can you tell me about gallbladder removal, post surgery concerns?

Don't Need It: Generally speaking the loss of you gall bladder is unimportant in the scheme of things. I would not hesitate to have mine removed if it was not normally functioning. ...Read more

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How strong is the lasik flap 6 months post surgery? How much force would it take to dislodge it?

How strong is the lasik flap 6 months post surgery? How much force would it take to dislodge it?

Reasonably secure: Flap adhesion is usually good @ 6 months. However, all flaps are susceptible to dislodging with focal trauma. ...Read more

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Post surgery for acl, taking 1-3 months off lifting to recover for first time. Is this enough time?

Post surgery for acl, taking 1-3 months off lifting to recover for first time. Is this enough time?

Follow the Protocol: Your surgeon/physical therapist should have you on a specific protocol that maximizes your recovery and minimizes the risks. Things you should avoid are cutting/pivoting/jumping until you are cleared by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Whats the best cream for scars post surgery?

Whats the best cream for scars post surgery?

Save your money!: The only cream that can actually have a beneficial effect on scars is retinoids acid or a retinal all others are a waste of your money. Pretty much all 'scar creams' are scams. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

What is the survival rate of  glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

Life expectancy: Prognosis depends on patient age, location of the tumor and extent of resection. This is a tumor with close to 100% death rate. Expected length of survival (3months, 6months, about 1 year) is often used to describe what to expect. ...Read more

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Post-surgery care for gall bladder?

Post-surgery care for gall bladder?

Bland diet: Try a bland diet for 2-4 days and then advance to a diet you are comfortable with. Alcohol should be avoided for 7-10 days. Try not to get constiipated. ...Read more