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How Soon Can I Go Back To Work After An Appendectomy
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
Everyone has a different tolerance for pain and recovery. Usually for my patients that undergo laparoscopic appendectomy, they can return to work as soon as they can perform their job safely and up to the expectations of their employer. Usually this is between 3-14 days. My only restriction is no heavy lifting over 15lbs for 2 weeks.
Speak with your surgeon to see if he/she has any restrictions. ...Read more
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 they feel well. On average this is about a week or two. ...Read more
Depends: That depends on if the surgery was done laparoscopically or through an incision, and on what type of work you do. Most people go back to work sooner after laparoscopic appendectomy, within 1-2 weeks, but lifting no more than 5 lb for 6-8 weeks. After "open" surgery, folks can return to work 2-3 weeks later, but no lifting, as above. ...Read more
I work in care and do a lot of lifting how long before I can return to work after an appendectomy?
It depends.: What did your surgeon say? I tell all my patients not to lift anything more than 20 lbs for 6 wks postop. I'm probably more conservative than most surgeons in that regard, but I also tell my patients that the reason is to reduce your risk of getting an incisional hernia. But if they get one because of straining too much, I'll be happy to fix it. ...Read more
I had a lap appendectomy on October 15th. I work in a coal mine and routinely lift 30 to 50 pound occasionally. When can I return to work?
4 Weeks: I think since you lift heavy objects routinely I would recommend 4 weeks. Be sure to ease into it as well to make sure you're don't over do it the first few days. ...Read more
I'm 27/f. Had emergency appendectomy 2 mo ago. Was back at work 6 days later. Now for last week diarrhea and lost 4lbs so now 125. Surgery related?
Diarrhea after appy: Diarrhea 2 months after an appendectomy is unlikely to be surgery related. Diarrhea can result after a large amount of colon is removed but generally not after an appendectomy, which removes a small tube-like structure from the cecum. Diarrhea is most commonly due to an infectious etiology (virus or bacterial). If the diarrhea is persistent or severe, it is best to see a doctor. ...Read more
Had laparoscopic appendectomy a little over 2 weeks ago. Was healing fine all last week (back at work no pain/ meds) this week experiencing discomfort where appendix used to live, radiating up the right side to the rib cage. No fever, concerned?
How many days will it take to carry on routine day to day work and office work after an appendectomy?
Had a lap appendectomy 5 1/2 weeks ago. When can I go back to my high intensity interval training? I'm in good health. Not over weight, I feel lazy.
I went from 125 pounds to 113 in a week due to my lap. Appendectomy. How do I gain all my weight back so I'm not severely unhealthy? I'm 5'11.
Patience: Physicians are always surprised by this question. There is nothing wrong with you. And one would never ever want to force or add burden to a healing body. Time and returning to normal is how this will happen, please be patient with your body. Take care of yourself. Do not eat unhealthily just to feel that you are making a normal process go faster. ...Read more
How long should I plan on taking time off from work to help my husband after his laparoscopic appendectomy? He's also diabetic...
7-10 days: Should recover quickly, barring infection or complications. ...Read more
I had an appendectomy laparoscopically 2.5 weeks ago and was cleared to run today. How slowly do I increase my mileage to come back safely?
Here are some...: You can progressively increase your physical activity as tolerable in two and a half weeks after laparoscopic appendectomy since the opening of laparoscopy is so samll. There is no precise set of rules on resuming physical activities, especially for an undividual. If still concerned, it would be most reasoanble to ask your surgeon timely since this concern is not urgent. Best wish to health.... ...Read more
2 weeks after my lap appendectomy, I feel back to myself. If I try exercising, would there be pain if my fascial incisions weakened or reopened?
I'm a 35 y/o firefighter. I'm in good shape, had a laparoscopic appendectomy 10 days ago. How soon to go back to full duty? What's heavy lifting?
6 weeks: Is the usual time to full duty. Heavy lifting is anything over 10 pounds. ...Read more
It has been six months since my appendectomy and I still have yet to gain my weight back. 155 preop, now at about 130 and still have digestion issues?
Need some evaluation: It's unusual to have ongoing symptoms this long after appendectomy, if it was uncomplicated. If it was complicated by perforation or abscess, it may take some time to get back to baseline. However, you should see your primary doc for further evaluation to be sure nothing else is going on. Make sure you see the pathology from the appendectomy too! ...Read more
I got an appendectomy back in sept and the scar has been hurting under the skin, should I be worred?
No: Chances are it's part of the healing process where the subcutaneous stitches are placed. If it continues, however, you can always have your dr. Check it. ...Read more
Hello my husband has had a laparoscopic appendectomy nearly 3 weeks ago his surgeon told him to go back for post op in 4-6weeks is this correct?
Had appendectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Bowels slowly going back to normal. Now have a fever. Is it related to the surgery or something else?
I had an open appendectomy 9 months back. I've started weight lifting &exercising but am experiencing slight discomfort on in my abdomen?
Hernia?: Hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall. Can develop at previous surgery sites. Need to have a surgeon, preferably one who performed your appendectomy, look at it and rule out a developing hernia. Limiting weights is another risk...I would recommend take a break until cleared by surgeon. ...Read more
I'm at my 2nd week post-op appendectomy. How long would I wait to work out? A doctor said to wait 6 months. Is it strictly a "must" or that long?
Depends: What surgery was done? Open incision or laparoscopic? Surgery complicated with advanced infection? Many surgeons may recommend no heavy exercise for about 6 weeks after a major or open surgery ; likely a shorter time if laparoscopic surgery. Check with your surgeon again to ask them your restrictions for your specific situation. ...Read more
I just had an appendectomy this week. By the time I got into surgery it was ruptured. My abdomen is very swolen. How long until back to normal?
Hopefully, ~2 weeks: With ruptured appendicitis, infection has spread from your appendix to the surrounding area if not throughout your belly. You have an ileus, or sluggish bowel function, for a couple to several days. You need to be on broad-spectrum antibiotics for several days. The chances of complication (e.g., abscess, bowel obstruction) are significant. Best case scenario -- back to normal in a couple of weeks. ...Read more
I had appendectomy on June 22nd then had to go back a few days later was told it was an abscess and they were going to drain ended up on antibiotics for 3 days. 8 days later back with pain 3 'pre days of antibiotics and dilodid and sent home. Still?
Need abscess drained: I'm assuming abscess because there is little else it can be. I assume a n abdominal and/or MRI have been done and if not that has to be the next step. Once identified an abscess can be drained one of two ways. Radiologists can place a tube through the abdominal wall and under x-ray guidance work it into the abscess and aspirate the contents. Open surgery is still an alternative ...Read more
Can you drink alcohol after laparoscopic appendectomy? It's been a few weeks back on my regular diet
A small dose once a day would be OK!
Who decides "small" is up to you but don't overdo anything! ...Read more
I had an appendectomy two days ago on an appendix that was not bursted. I have sharp pains in my stomach and back with swelling what could it be?
Pain after surgery: It is usually normal to have pain after a surgical procedure but if the pain is severe and associated with other type of abdominal issues you should be checked immediately in order to rule out post surgical infections or complications. ...Read more
I had appendectomy 2 n half years back. 7 CM incision was made. I also had stitch granuloma after the operation. I have lost wt since then n become underwt now also I feel heaviness in my rt leg help?
See gastroenterology: Appendectomy, even with complications, such as scar tissue leading to obstruction or development of an abscess does not usually result in symptoms that you describe. You need to make sure that there was truly appendicitis. Alternatives include inflammatory bowel disease or infectious causes, such as atypical mycobacterial infection. See a GI doctor for further testing. ...Read more
My 10 yrs old had a laparoscopic appendectomy 3 wks ago. She recovered after 2 weeks went back to playing soccer now she has vomited 3 days in a row..
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