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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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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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How bad is appendix surgery?

How bad is appendix surgery?

Depends: If your appendix is not ruptured, you should be able to go home the next day. If ruptured, you will likely require multiple days of IV antibiotics and days in the hospital. Some patients, if done laparoscopically and their appendix is not ruptured, can go home the same day. ...Read more

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I had an appendix surgery a week and half ago and today I have bad gas and feel nauseous. should I be concerned about this?

I had an appendix surgery a week and half ago and today I have bad gas and feel nauseous. should I be concerned about this?

No: In fact it is a really good sign to be passing gas after surgery. It shows the bowel is working again. Nausea is also common after surgery. If you develop severe increased pain or high fevers, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is appendix surgery dangerous?

Is appendix surgery dangerous?

No.: An appendectomy is one of the most common and straightforward operations performed by general surgeons. The risk of surgery is primarily related to the overall health of the patient. With acute appendicitis, the appendix, by definition, is "infected". Therefore, most complications are related to one's response to infection. Most people are home in a day-or-two and back to normal in a few wks. ...Read more

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I supposedly have an intussuscepted appendix. Surgery has been offered, but i don't know what to do. Any recommendation?

Surgery: Intussusception in adults may be caused by a tumor (e.g. Tumor at the tip of the appendix acts as a lead point that causes it to intussuscept). No surgery is without a risk, but if there are no contraindications to surgery with general anesthesia, it is an indicated procedure in this case. The tumor, if present, may be too small to be detected by imaging studies. ...Read more

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What can I expect from appendix surgery?

Get well and go home: Appendix surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgery , considered relatively low risk surgery , that will prevent catastrophic complications . You will have slight pain for couple of days, with early diagnosis and laparoscopic surgery you will go home next day ( most of the time ) ...Read more

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How long should i wait to run after appendix surgery?

How long should i wait to run after appendix surgery?

Post op: Depends on your surgeons preference. Most say 4-6 weeks before strenuous physical activity. Better ask the surgeon for sure though ...Read more

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After appendix surgery, doing intance activities could you develope having hernia? How can you tell if you have hernia or not?

After appendix surgery, doing intance activities could you develope having hernia?  How can you tell if you have hernia or not?

If hurts,don't do it: Wait at least 2 weeks after a lap appy before you do any heavy lifting. We usually rec'd no lifting > 20lbs for 2 weeks. A hernia will present with a bulge that gets bigger with abdominal pressure. A seroma will stay the same size. ...Read more

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I have constipation after appendix surgery?

Most likely: Due to pain meds and relative immobility. Walk alot rather than layiong around, cut back on pain meds and use an anti inflammatory such as Motrin instead of a narcotic for pain. Drink 80-100oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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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