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How long after getting a laparoscopic appendectomy can I return to work?

How long after getting a laparoscopic appendectomy can I return to work?

1-2 weeks: Depends on job? Lifting heavy items! you may want to wait a month. Small port sites usually do not herniate but better to avoid. Standard jobs, your business, may start when you have no pain, or pain meds beyond tylenol (acetaminophen). ...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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How long after a laparoscopic appendectomy can I go back to work?

Depends on the work: If my patients do heavy work, like construction or warehousing, i restrict them for about 2-4 weeks. If they do supervisory, office or professional type work, they may return to work when them feel well. On average this is about a week or two. ...Read more

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How long is recommended before returning to work after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

How long is recommended before returning to work after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Depends: What work do you do? If it were a straight forward surgery without a lot of infection, one may be able to go back to work in about a week or so. Do not want to do heavy lifting work until released by your surgeon in possibly 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I am an 35 y/o firefighter who is in good shape. I had a laparoscopic appendectomy. How long until i can return to full duty?

Guide: There should be no heavy lifting for 8 weeks as only 60% of the incision is fully healed after 6 weeks. You must be cleared by a qualified physician before being cleared for full duty as a firefighter. Light duty, if it's an option, would be reasonable after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long to recover from laparoscopic appendectomy?

How long to recover from laparoscopic appendectomy?

Days-to-week(s): Following laparoscopic appendectomy, the recovery is primarily dependent on the severity of the appendicitis rather than the postoperative pain from surgery. Most people are home from the hospital in a day, feeling well enough to return to work in about a week, and back to full activities within 2 weeks. ...Read more

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For how long does it take to recover from a laparoscopic appendectomy?

2-4 weeks: Severe pain usually resolves after 72 hours. Soreness can last 2-4 weeks. Activity and lifting restrictions can vary depending on the surgeon but usually last for 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully recover from a laparoscopic appendectomy?

How long does it take to fully recover from a laparoscopic appendectomy?

1 to 2 weeks: If it is routine (not ruptured and no complications) usually 1 or 2 days in the hospital. Most people can return to desk jobs in a week, to most activities in 2 weeks. Contact sports or very heavy lifting may require three weeks. ...Read more

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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