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How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly i had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

In : In general, for uncomplicated surgeries, it is recommended to wait 6-8 weeks prior to lifting anything heavier that a gallon of milk. This is because the tensile strength of a wound is relatively stable at this point. After this, a slow return to normal pre-surgery activity should ensue. ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

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


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Ever since having my gallbladder out, i've been having stomach/digestive problems and mild pain on the right side. Could there be a post-surgery probl?

Ever since having my gallbladder out, i've been having stomach/digestive problems and mild pain on the right side. Could there be a post-surgery probl?

Possibly: Similar pain after gallbladder surgery may be related to the gallbladder. It really depends how long after surgery it is occurring. If it's within a week, it is probably just post-surgical pain. If it is longer, than stones may be present in the main duct and cause symptoms. You need to speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Recurrent shingles with Post-Herpetic Neuralgia between outbreaks? There is a lot more to it but not enough space here.....?

Why get off Valtrex?: You said that "every time the Valtrex left my system"implying that you stop taking the Valtrex.Don"t stop taking Valtrex and continuously suppress the shingles.No more outbreaks , rashes, or pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high ESR after surgery appendectomy?

What to do if I have high ESR after surgery appendectomy?

Nothing: The ESR is a measure of inflammation. It will be high after any operation because the inflammation is part of the healing process. ...Read more

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Can i masturbate a week after having an appendectomy? Open surgery

Yes: There should b no problem as long as u take it easy. If it hurts when u ejaculate then hold off for another few wks. ...Read more

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I've already undergone appendectomy. After the surgery my belly became bigger and i gained weight. Is that natural?

I've already undergone appendectomy. After the surgery my belly became bigger and i gained weight. Is that natural?

Not related: Your weight gain is not related to surgery , reduce caloric intake, have healthy diet , go to gym regular basis & do exercises , be active you will loose weight and abdomen will get flat. ...Read more

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I have a 9 mo old baby that Ive been lifting since 1 day after surgery. Was wondering if this could cause any issues? My appendectomy was 10 days ago.

I have a 9 mo old baby that Ive been lifting since 1 day after surgery. Was wondering if this could cause any issues? My appendectomy was 10 days ago.

Check with surgeon: it depend on the baby weight.you are not supposed to lift more than 10 lb on your first week, up-to 25 lb on the second week, then only 20 lb up to four weeks most of the weight restriction will be lifted after the four weeks. That is my routine post op restriction after this kind of surgery.each surgeon has his own references.please check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

No effect: This will not speed up nor slow down healing. If this is your normal pattern, don't worry. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Breaux
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Appendectomy (Definition)

Appendectomy is also known as Removal of appendix. An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more