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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

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

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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I have a 9 mo old baby that I've 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 I've 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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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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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

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 had an emergency appendectomy 4 days ago, via laparoscopic surgery. When can I resume physical activity including gym workouts?

I had an emergency appendectomy 4 days ago, via laparoscopic surgery. When can I resume physical activity including gym workouts?

Ask your surgeon: Best to ask your surgeon. Usually wait at least 2 weeks before heavy activities, but each surgeon has their own recommendations. Usually a person is given instructions from the hospital at discharge too. ...Read more

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I just had an appendectomy this week. By the time I got into surgery it was ruptured. My abdomen is very swolen. How long until back to normal?

Hopefully, ~2 weeks: With ruptured appendicitis, infection has spread from your appendix to the surrounding area if not throughout your belly. You have an ileus, or sluggish bowel function, for a couple to several days. You need to be on broad-spectrum antibiotics for several days. The chances of complication (e.g., abscess, bowel obstruction) are significant. Best case scenario -- back to normal in a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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My sis just had an appendectomy last week and she's in her first trimester, the surgery was successful but she's recently been experiencing sharp pain?

My sis just had an appendectomy last week and she's in her first trimester, the surgery was successful but she's recently been experiencing sharp pain?

Need hospital review: She needs to be checked out at the Emergency Department as pain after operation might be due to few problems, some of them might be life threatening to her or to the baby.
Please seek medical advise urgently ...Read more

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My doctor has referred me for surgery for a large gallbladder sluge and if I have had an appendectomy will it prevent me from laproscopic surgery?

My doctor has referred me for surgery for a large gallbladder sluge and if I have had an appendectomy will it prevent me from laproscopic surgery?

No most of the time: Most of the time previous surgery will not prevent, undergoing lap. Cholecystectomy, very rare occasions due to extensive adhesions may not able remove gall bladder by scope, good luck you will be o k. ...Read more

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If I ever needed a relatively straight forward surgery like an appendectomy, is remaining awake a possibility?

If I ever needed a relatively straight forward surgery like an appendectomy, is remaining awake a possibility?

Yes, but why??: In the modern anesthesia era there is not a good reason to be awake for an intra abdominal operation. Most abdominal operations are now done laparosscopically with much smaller incisons, much faster and easier recovery but you need to be asleep. ...Read more

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Had appendectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Bowels slowly going back to normal. Now have a fever. Is it related to the surgery or something else?

Had appendectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Bowels slowly going back to normal. Now have a fever. Is it related to the surgery or something else?

Impossible: To tell without physical exam and tests. It is a little late for post operative infection, but not entirely. Notify your surgeon, especially if fever is high or associated with any gi symptom. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, I had a massive timor removed from my abdomen (i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Should I be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, I had a massive timor removed from my abdomen (i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Yes, as you have: Four mammographies in 2 years. Probably your doctor is following a suspicious density, obviously no change in 2 yrs. 100 lbs weight loss will alter your breast architecture could be one reason. Speak to your doctor for possible image guided needle biopsy of the area, this will alleviate your fear (concern) once report is available no longer need 2 moms a yr ...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

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Pain after appendectomy, should I be worried if I have a hard time urinating a day after surgery?

Pain after appendectomy, should I be worried if I have a hard time urinating a day after surgery?

No: Everyone takes a different amount of time to recover from surgery. THis could be normal post op or something else brewing. Any other symptoms? fever? pain? Does it feel like your still have appendicitis? Is better than immediately after surgery? If getting worse or not improving after 2- 3 weeks you may need some testing. Ask your surgeon ...Read more

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What type of anaesthia does a scar revision surgery for an appendectomy scar require? Local or general?

What type of anaesthia does a scar revision surgery for an appendectomy scar require? Local or general?

Local if cooperative: If the idea of having the revision perfromed under local sounds ok to you, it will probably be ok with your surgeon too. If you don't like the idea, or can't sit still, then general anesthesia can be used. ...Read more

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I had appendectomy surgery a week ago but I'm still weak and nauseated. Pls tell me if this is normal or infection? Thank You and God bless

I had appendectomy surgery a week ago but I'm still weak and nauseated. Pls tell me if this is normal or infection? Thank You and God bless

Could be: Everyone takes a different amount of time to recover from surgery. THis could be normal post op or something else brewing. Any other symptoms? fever? pain? Does it feel like your still have appendicitis? Is better than immediately after surgery? If getting worse or not improving after 2- 3 weeks you may need some testing. Ask your surgeon ...Read more

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Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts I had a laproscopic surgery?

Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts I had a laproscopic surgery?

Few days: Usually feel gassy or bloated feeling for a few day or more. Resolves once bowel function back to normal too. ...Read more

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I had lapascropic surgery two years ago, but my scars itch and burn. Occasionally, they begin to hurt really bad, is this normal? It was an appendectomy.

I had lapascropic surgery two years ago, but my scars itch and burn. Occasionally, they begin to hurt really bad, is this normal? It was an appendectomy.

Probable keloid: This sounds like they could be forming keloids. Quite often steroid injections will provide relief within a few days. Other possibilities exist so see your surgeon just to be sure it a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I am experiencing bloody discharge from my vagina after an appendectomy. I also had my period during and after the surgery. Should I seek help?

I am experiencing bloody discharge from my vagina after an appendectomy. I also had my period during and after the surgery. Should I seek help?

Yes: Yes seek help ASAP. Did you at any point get a pregnancy test. Please see your MD ASAP, go to the ER if the tempo of the bleeding is fast or has been occurring for a long time. If slow and not a lot of blood, see OB in the office. Also contact your surgeon ASAP, call the on call answering service. Stay calm you will be okay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Post appendectomy sepsis I am getting chills and and I feel like vomiting I got my surgery jan 8 can I have sepsis?

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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Appendectomy (Definition)

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