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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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Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Is a ruptured appendix always fatal?

Is a ruptured appendix always fatal?

No, though it can be: When the appendix ruptures, bacteria from the intestinal tract can enter the abdominal cavity, causing severe inflammation and the spread of bacteria into the bloodstream. Sometimes, the hole in the appendix is "band-aided" closed by an adjacent organ, limiting the spread of infection. In rare cases, the body can heal this without medical intervention. Since we cannot predict this, we rx all. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ruptured appendix?

Severe pain : Pain that is no longer just in the right lower abdomen but that now spreads across the whole abdomen. Extremely sensitive to touch, coughing, bumps in the road. Fevers, racing heartbeat , shortness of breath weakness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a ruptured appendix?

What are the symptoms of a ruptured appendix?

Pain and fever: Appendicitis and a ruptured appendicitis can present in many ways. There might be a localized pain if there is an abscess or a generalized abdominal severe pain. The fever is very often present. ...Read more

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What will happen if you have a ruptured appendix and it goes unrecognized?

What will happen if you have a ruptured appendix and it goes unrecognized?

Usually an abscess: When the appendix ruptures bacteria are released into the abdomen around the appendix, causing an abscess. The appendix itself may not have adequate blood supply and cause gangrene of the bowel in the area. Chronic pain or death may occur. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a ruptured appendix?

Surgery: Open up the abdomen, appendectomy and clean out ruputured material. It is much more significant procedure than uncomplicated appendicitis. ...Read more

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What long term effects does a ruptured appendix cause?

What long term effects does a ruptured appendix cause?

Variable: The immediate complication rate is much higher for a rutured appendix and there is a small mortality rate associated with it. Assuming that you are past the acute stage, most people do well. Fertility may be decreased in some women after appendiceal rupture and peritonitis and bowel obstruction may be slightly more common in both sexes, but most patients do well in the long run. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ruptured appendix to kill you?

Depends: The overall chance of dying (mortality rate) has been reported at 30% from time periods before surgery was an option. So a ruptured appendix was not usually fatal, although clearly one would be very sick for months or years.. These data are clearly skewed, since one would have to die and then have an autopsy, so the actually mortality rate is lower. If a patient dies, it could take days to months. ...Read more

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When can I go back to work after having surgery for a ruptured appendix?

When can I go back to work after having surgery for a ruptured appendix?

It depends: Every patient and every operation is a little bit different. Also every patient's job is different. I generally tell my patients that they can go back to work whenever they feel like it as long as there is no heavy lifting (more than 20 lbs) for 6 wks, mainly to reduce the risk of getting an incisional hernia. Also avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if you are still taking pain meds. ...Read more

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What's the signs of a ruptured appendix?

Severe pain : Pain that is no longer just in the right lower abdomen but that now spreads across the whole abdomen. Extremely sensitive to touch, coughing, bumps in the road. Fevers, racing heartbeat , shortness of breath weakness. ...Read more

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Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more