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Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts I had a laproscopic surgery?

Abdominal swelling after appendectomy how long it lasts I had a laproscopic surgery?

Few days: Usually feel gassy or bloated feeling for a few day or more. Resolves once bowel function back to normal too. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc). ...Read more

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how long swelling lasts inside nose after sinus surgery?

Does anyone know how long swelling lasts inside nose after sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. Unlike other surgical procedures used to treat sinusitis, with balloon sinuplasty, the surgeon does not remove bone or tissue from the nasal area. It’s a less invasive alternative to typical sinus surgeries. The recovery period is usually only a few days, compared to a few weeks. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after umbilical hernia repair? I am 46 years old, at a healthy weight, and exercised for 60+ minutes before the surgery.

~4 days: It depends on how big the hernia was, how much dissection the surgeon had to do, and if it was done open (single larger incision) or laparoscopically (tiny incisions and a video camera).

Usually, most of the swelling should be fading by about 4 days after surgery. ...Read more

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How long is swelling in the abdomen and back expected to last after a perc kidney stone remova surgery? Tenderness?

How long is swelling in the abdomen and back expected to last after a perc kidney stone remova surgery? Tenderness?

Not long: There should be minimal, if any abdominal swelling after percutaneous kidney stone removal. Unless either the peritoneum was punctured or a large volume of irrigating fluid escaped into the retroperitoneum. In which case subject might develop temporary ileus, meaning that bowel stops working and abdomen swells. Flank swelling and pain should settle down after 3-4 days. ...Read more

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I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

I had surgery on lip they removed a blister on the top part of my lower lip using a laser. It is swollen really big. How long will the swelling last?

Swollen lip: Only for a few days. Put ice on the area. This will help greatly. It will also soothe the pain good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, I noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

I had open inguinal hernia surgery a few days ago, I noticed a lot of swelling at and around the incision, is this normal, what causes this, how long should it last and what could I do to reduce it.

Probably normal: If the repair was done with an open technique, there is usually swelling and a firmness felt under the length of the incision. Ice and antiinflammatory medication can help. If it is really large, call your surgeon to check it out - could be bleeding under the skin we call a hematoma. Hope you recover quickly! ...Read more

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How long can swelling last after deviated septum surgery? My nose has a small bump on the bridge that feels hard like bone. Could it be swelling?

How long can swelling last after deviated septum surgery? My nose has a small bump on the bridge that feels hard like bone. Could it be swelling?

Possibly: Followup w/your surgeon As a general rule for my patients I say that 80% of swelling is gone after 2 weeks & 90% is gone after 2 months, but really more like 6 weeks. That being said-a bump on the bridge of the nose should not be from septal surgery. The septum is in the middle of your nose & surgery to the nasal dorsum/nasal bridge is more from rhinoplasty or septorhinoplasty. F/u w ur surgeon ...Read more

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How much time does underbite surgery swelling last?

How much time does underbite surgery swelling last?

Days: With today's surgical techniques and anti-inflammatory medications swelling is less problematic than in the past. That said, no two people are alike. Please discuss this with both your Orthodontist but especially your Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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How long is the swelling after halux valgus surgery?

How long is the swelling after halux valgus surgery?

Several months: It generally takes 2-3 months for the initial swelling to resolve but you may have residual swelling for six month to a year. ...Read more

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I'm thinking about getting surgery for my underbite, but I'm not sure how long I would have to stay inside for, because of the swelling.?

I'm thinking about getting surgery for my underbite, but I'm not sure how long I would have to stay inside for, because of the swelling.?

It depends: You don't have to stay inside because of the swelling. It usually takes 10-14 days before they swelling is completely gone. You have to refrain from strenuous exercise for 6 weeks and maintain a soft diet for about the same length of time. We now use plates and screws to fixate the bones, so it is extremely rare to be wired shut for any length of time. ...Read more

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How long wil swelling b there aftr ankle surgery?

How long wil swelling b there aftr ankle surgery?

Up to a year: After injury or surgery, it can take up to one full year for the body to finish healing and remodeling. ...Read more

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I had undergone maxillo-facial surgery a month ago. How long until the swelling and numbness go away?

I had undergone maxillo-facial surgery a month ago. How long until the swelling and numbness go away?

Facial surgery: Dear jafar,
you should speak to your surgeon
it depends on what procedure you had
you may notice that tingling may begin to happen, than means that the nerves are growing back
best,
nima shemirani. ...Read more

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How long should it take for swelling to go down after finger surgery?

How long should it take for swelling to go down after finger surgery?

Weeks to months: Swelling to the fingers is usually the last thing to go away after surgery. As your motion increases your swelling will get better. ...Read more

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How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery will the swelling go down?

How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery will the swelling go down?

Few days: Usually minimizing the swelling from the
procedure is the key
performing the procedure in an efficient
manor and minimizing the intra op
bleeding will minimize swelling
also it is important to be off your feet for
the first 24 hours to keep the swelling down
most of my patient who have an arthroscopic procedure done on thursday
have their dressing changed saturday and
return to work on monday. ...Read more

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How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery does the swelling usually go down?

How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery does the swelling usually go down?

2 weeks: Typically it goes down in the first 2 weeks but it can take longer. If it persists beyond say 6 weeks then it needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Had retention cyst surgery, accidentally bit same place while eating (only once). Swelling since last 3days, reduced a little. Shall I wait? Help!

Had retention cyst surgery, accidentally bit same place while eating (only once). Swelling since last 3days, reduced a little. Shall I wait? Help!

Discuss at postop: It's difficult to assess your wound from your description alone and it may be best to discuss with your surgeon at the time of your postop examination which I assume should be soon. Other signs to call him/her earlier would be infection or bleeding or drainage. ...Read more

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My 5th metatarsal broke, should I have surgery? If so, how long will it take to recover? I broke 5th metatarsal 1week ago. Dr wants swelling to go down first before I have surgery on it. She wants to place 2 pins in bone. Should I have second opinion or d

My 5th metatarsal broke, should I have surgery? If so, how long will it take to recover? I broke 5th metatarsal 1week ago. Dr wants swelling to go down first before I have surgery on it. She wants to place 2 pins in bone. Should I have second opinion or d

I: I would say it all depends on the fracture. Most fractures of the 5th metatarsal occur at the base of the bone as a result of an inversion type injury (where you twist your ankle inward). A tendon (peroneus brevis) ataches to the base of the 5th metatarsal, and with such a mechanism of injury, the tendon yanks a piece of bone off the base of the metatarsal. This is actually the single most common foot fracture.

Most of the time, the bone is nicely aligned, and only a cast is needed to heal properly.

If the bone fragments are displaced, then surgery is necessary to put them back into alignment, and then some sort of internal fixation, like pins or a screw, is used to keep the bone fragments together so they can heal.

So if the fracture you have is displaced, surgery is probably the way to go. But if they are not displaced, a simple cast will do it.

It's important for patients to have trust in their doctor. If, for any reason, you feel some doubt, by all means, get another opinion. It has always been by feeling that any doctor who gets insulted by their patient requesting a second opinion is not a doctor worth going to in the first place. The whole concept here is about you, and getting better. Egos and especially money shouldn't be playing any role in you getting the best care.

Hope this helped.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Thinking of eyelid surgery, how long before all swelling gone?

Thinking of eyelid surgery, how long before all swelling gone?

Depends: ....A lot on the individual, but usually 80-90% gone at a week, and for most patients gone by 1 month. Makeup is ok after a week generally. Discuss any specific concerns with your surgeon to make sure everything is ok. ...Read more

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How long does swelling take to go down after knee surgery?

Swelling: This depends on many factors including what was done during surgery, age, etc. Simple procedure such as isolated meniscus tears often have very little swelling that resolves in a matter of days. More significant surgeries including ligament reconstruction may take weeks to months to resolve swelling. The presence of arthritis also increases the recurrence of swelling. ...Read more

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How much time can swelling last following double jaw surgery?

How much time can swelling last following double jaw surgery?

Post op swelling: This varies widely from patient to patient. The doctor who would actually perform the surgery on you would be the best one to answer these types of questions. ...Read more

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How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

Varies: Most surgery swelling resolves by 6 weeks. But if you have arthritis, you can swell off and on forever. Your knee is lubricating itself more from increased friction. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the swelling to go down after a knee surgery?

How long will it take for the swelling to go down after a knee surgery?

Depends: Swelling from knee surgery is common and the length of time it takes to go down depends on how extensive the surgery was and what was repaired. Best to discuss with your orthopedic surgeon to give you the best answer for your specific condition. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to go down in abdominal surgery?

How long does it take for the swelling to go down in abdominal surgery?

Depends: What was the surgery? How long was the operation? Was it open or laparoscopic surgery? Generally several days to a week or more may be needed depending on all of the above. Eat light, avoid constipation, contact your surgeon for concerns or problems like increasing pain or recurrent vomiting. ...Read more