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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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How quickly can you return to weight lifting after laparoscopic appendectomy?

How quickly can you return to weight lifting after laparoscopic appendectomy?

Lifting aft surgery: Need to takes easy. Returning to weight lifting soon after abdominal surgery not a smart choice. I am sure you have a follow up within week or two with the surgeon. I would recommend not to lift until you see him or he clears you to go back to lifting. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex on the 2nd day of my period. Will I get pregnant? I had laparoscopic appendectomy 2 months ago dr. said I can't get pregnant.

Had unprotected sex on the 2nd day of my period. Will I get pregnant? I had laparoscopic appendectomy 2 months ago dr. said I can't get pregnant.

No: Your doctor was correct. In general, you are very unlikely to get pregnant while on your period. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after a laparoscopic appendectomy before exercising like running, push ups, sit ups etc.

How long do I have to wait after a laparoscopic appendectomy before exercising like running, push ups, sit ups etc.

How good You feel: that long you have to wait , that is the advantage of laparoscopic surgery , early return to activity , by 3 wk you should be doing every thing what you did before surgery. Of course you should increase activity progressively . ...Read more

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I had a laparoscopic appendectomy and lysis of adhesions done 12 days ago. I feel weak and nauseated daily. Is this normal? Is recovery longer?

Will recover soon: Type of surgery you have, return of bowel function will take couple of wks, you will feel better in wk or so, please speak to your surgeon. ...Read more

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When can I have sex again after my laparoscopic appendectomy?

When can I have sex again after my laparoscopic appendectomy?

Ask your surgeon: Every surgeon has different preferences for when they let their patient's return to regular activities including sex. You should discuss this with him or her. The safe answer for this forum is probably a month. ...Read more

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When can I start to have sex again after my laparoscopic appendectomy?

When can I start to have sex again after my laparoscopic appendectomy?

Variable: Type of incision? Any other health issues? Any complications? IN general when feel good! off pain medications! and mobile. 2-3 weeks would be a reasonable guess. ...Read more

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How fast to recover from a laparoscopic appendectomy?

How fast to recover from a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Pretty quick: Most people go home within 24 hours. Normal eating and bowel movements in 1-2 days. Back to work or school within a week. But remember- no heavy lifting for 6 weeks! ...Read more

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What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

2-3days: It is dependent on the amount of inflammation at time of surgery; also on the person and what you call recovery. I have had patients who have gone back to work within 3 days and some not for 3 weeks. ...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