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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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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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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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What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

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

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Laparoscopic appendectomy recovery time.. When can I swim again?

The best thing...: Is to ask the surgeon who performed the operation. I would let my patients go swimming about 2 weeks postoperatively, assuming normal uncomplicated healing. ...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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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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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 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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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. Charles Breaux
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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