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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

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix.  Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Yes: usually both are done laprascopically (small incisions). Only difference will likely be the soreness from appendectomy will be less as the procedure is in the lower right part of your abdomen, not right under rib cage. ...Read more

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Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

Should my gallbladder have been removed when i had appendectomy due to the appendix had ruptures?

No, unless...: Basic rule: don't complicate anything by doing more surgery when risk for infection is increased. However if infection risk is well controlled, and gallbladder disease is well established and documented and the surgeon is made aware that you have been suffering from the disease it wouldn't be entirely prohibited. Should not be done in a "preventative" manner, "while the docs in there anyway...". ...Read more

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Gallbladder removal/hernia repair 2mos ago. Now lower right side abdo pain going on 2 weeks. Some diarrhea. No fever. Appendix? Hernia?

Gallbladder removal/hernia repair 2mos ago. Now lower right side abdo pain going on 2 weeks. Some diarrhea. No fever.  Appendix? Hernia?

See your surgeon: hard to say based on symptoms but there are things that can cause pain ( retained stones/sludge, abscess, leak etc) after GB surgery. Most bad things would have shown up earlier than 2 months. Other issues such as gastritis, ulcer etc possible. see your surgeon ...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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I am 285lb had open appendectomy and tubal in past. Vaginal birth to 4 kids. Can my gallbladder sludge be removed laproscopically. Very large sludge?

I am 285lb had open appendectomy and tubal in past. Vaginal birth to 4 kids. Can my gallbladder sludge be removed laproscopically. Very large sludge?

Yes...: Though you have had previous surgery, and obesity increases your peri-operative risks, its highly likely you will be a candidate for laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). These risks increase the rates of conversion to open-cholecystectomy if problems arise after starting with the laparoscopic approach. ...Read more

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Cyst in liver and cyst in thyroid. Tubal and appendectomy. What r my chances for having gallbladder sludge removed laproscopy?

Not likely: Treatment would be a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The gallbladder stores bile and pushes it into the intestines in response to eating fat in a meal. Bile is a salt in solution. In gallbladder disease, the gallbladder is not exchanging the bile properly causing the bile to sit there. Like sugar in a jar of water, if it sits there, eventually it comes out of solution forming sludge. ...Read more

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Have had open appendectomy for rupture and tubal, will I have gallbladder removed w/open surgery since I have lots of scar tissue?

Have had open appendectomy for rupture and tubal, will I have gallbladder removed w/open surgery since I have lots of scar tissue?

Probably not: It is very common for someone to have successful laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder) after previous ruptured appendicitis and other surgical procedures. In fact, "cutting" scar tissue/adhesiolysis is very commonly done at hands of skilled/experienced minimally invasive surgeons. You should seek an experienced surgeon. Recommend you seek out younger generation, laparoscopic surgeon. ...Read more

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Cyst in liver and thyroid gland, tubal and appendectomy. What re my chances of laproscopy to remove gallbladder?

Cyst in liver and thyroid gland, tubal and appendectomy. What re my chances of laproscopy to remove gallbladder?

Could be done: Removal of gall bladder still possible even with abdominal scars , some times severe abdominal adhesions may prevent , but you have lower abdominal surgery , where upper abdominal adhesions will be minimal, and good luck. ...Read more

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Have had open appendectomy and tubal, will I have to have open surgery to remove gallbladder due to 2 stomach sugery's? Quite sure scar tissue is lot

Have had open appendectomy and tubal, will I have to have open surgery to remove gallbladder due to 2 stomach sugery's? Quite sure scar tissue is lot

Unlikely: Hopefully all of your scar tissue is lower abdomen, the gallbladder is in the right upper abdomen under the rib edge. May need extra care getting your laparoscopy started, but your prior operations should not prevent you from having a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. ...Read more

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Gallbladder and appendix, what to do?

Gallbladder and appendix, what to do?

Based on symptoms: Pains of gallbladder attacks, on the right side of upper abdomen while appendicitis, the pain is in the right lower abdomen. ...Read more

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Could no gallbladder appendix cause pancreatitis?

Could no gallbladder appendix cause pancreatitis?

No: Appendix had nothing to do with pancreas. If the gallbladder had stones you could possible have a stone remaining on the bile duct. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Could no gallbladder no appendix cause pancreatitis?

No: Not unless you continue to form gall stones which get stuck in the duct to the pancreas, high triglycerides are much more common cause. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder and appendix be removed at the same time as a hysterectomy?

Can a gallbladder and appendix be removed at the same time as a hysterectomy?

Technically possible: Technically it's possible but there should be a clear indication for each operation. ...Read more

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Wats a persons life like after having gallbladder & appendix removed. Can they eat like they use to. Any effects in their life later on?

Wats a persons life like after having gallbladder & appendix removed. Can they eat like they use to. Any effects in their life later on?

No change: There should be no change in lifestyle after either or both operations, and no long term health consequences . However a few patients do report changes in digestion such as increased gas and bloating after gallbladder removal . Removal of the appendix has no effect on anything else. ...Read more

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Been having pains in lower right side, got my appendix checked, wasn't that, got my gallbladder removed 3 months ago, what could this be?

Been having pains in lower right side,  got my appendix checked, wasn't that, got my gallbladder removed 3 months ago, what could this be?

Consider ct scan: If the pain is severe, limiting your daily activities, and-or getting worse, consider a ct scan with oral contrast only. This could help determine if there was an abscess that could arise if some gallstones spilled out during the operation, which is not uncommon. Speak w/ your surgeon about this to determine if this is a possibility or not. Despite this, complications from spilled stones are rare. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder and appendix question?

Can you tell me about gallbladder and appendix question?

Please go ahead: & ask a specific question. For multiple questions please enter separate entries. Clarify and re-ask. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I know if my pain if from my gallbladder or my appendix?

How can I know if my pain if from my gallbladder or my appendix?

Location, Location..: Gallbladder atttacks tend to cause pain in the right upper- or midline abdomen. Appendicitis usually causes pain in the right lower abdomen. Appendicitis does not "come-and-go", whereas people can have repeated gallbladder attacks. The pain from appendicitis is usually unrelenting, progressively worsening, and makes it difficult to walk or move. ...Read more

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My bellybutton is painful to the touch and has become more rigid The past two days. My gallbladder and appendix have both been removed?

My bellybutton is painful to the touch and has become more rigid The past two days. My gallbladder and appendix have both been removed?

2 possibilities: You may have an umbilical hernia, which is a defect in the abdominal wall at the level of the umbilicus. If the area is exquisitely tender and inflamed, it is possible, depending on the size of the defect, that incarceration of the underlying bowel has occurred. Alternatively, you may have a boil or furuncle at the navel from a prior break in the skin. You should probably see a physician. ...Read more

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Pain between bottom of right rib cage and 2 inches from top of bellybutton. Been hurting for a few hours . Is that where gallbladder is? Or appendix?

Pain between bottom of right rib cage and 2 inches from top of bellybutton. Been hurting for a few hours . Is that where gallbladder is? Or appendix?

Could be: Both appendix and gallbladder are located right abdomen, gallbladder higher appendix lower. Many things can cause abdominal pain. If does. Not improve within several hours would recommend going to er and having evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm having pain under my right front rib cage it feels hard when I stand not so much while laying down I don't have an appendix or a gallbladder w?

Does it feel like GB: Does it feel like your old gallbladder attacks? It is possible to have issues such as retained stones or even new primary gallstones formed in your bile ducts after gallbladder removal. Nausea? Bloating? Belching? Other causes are simple pulled muscle or rib issues. Internal causes include liver, pancreas, stomach, colon etc. See your doctor for history and physical. ...Read more

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Abdomen feels numb gallbladder or appendix?

Abdomen  feels numb gallbladder or appendix?

Numbness is not: A symptom of either gallbladder or appendix problem. Quite the opposite, you will feel pain, in fact, pretty bad pain. ...Read more

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No gallbladder/appendix several ERCP with Pancertis but still severe right side pain. All tests normal. ?

No gallbladder/appendix several ERCP with Pancertis but still severe right side pain. All tests normal. ?

Sphincter?: Ask your doctors about sphincter of Oddi syndrome. There are several types, some more responsive to endoscopic sphincterotomy than others. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I got severe out of nowhere pain down my right side I don't have my gallbladder, spleen or appendix so what could.it be hurts more with food?

Hard w/o exam: An exam is necessary to say anything meaningful. But - perhaps you are constipated. perhaps all the scar tissue from those surgeries can cause nerve reactions to occur. See a provider. Drink lots of water sand try to be active - it may help. Take care! ...Read more

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Pain in lower right abdomen. I have had both my appendix(2010) and gallbladder (3 weeks post op) removed?

Pain in lower right abdomen. I have had both my appendix(2010) and gallbladder (3 weeks post op) removed?

WeKnowWhat It Isn't : Sorting out the cause of abdominal pain requires patience, vigilance, and a dedicated (group of) physician(s). What is less-than-ideal is episodic care and low-yield operations. Please find a primary care doctor+/- a GI doctor willing to take the time to get to the bottom of this. Please don't repeat diagnostic studies already completed elsewhere or get care at multiple different sites. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have to have my gallbladder removed. Will they reopen my scars from my appendix being taken out? Or make new incisions?

I have to have my gallbladder removed. Will they reopen my scars from my appendix being taken out? Or make new incisions?

Unlikely same scar: If you have open appendectomy scar will be lower part of abdomen gallbladder is on right upper abdomen scar will be in that area, most likely you may not have scar i, f it is removed by laparoscope if possible , speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Right side pain in back and below ribs. No longer have a gallbladder and appendix. What is causing this pain? Didnt hurt my back.

Hard to say: Without knowing the nature, time course, associated symptoms, exacerbating and alleviating factors it is hard to say. Could be from adhesions, kidney stone or infection, constipation or any one of a hundred other less common things. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more