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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

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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Can a ruptured appendix be caused by a fall?

Unlikely.: Unless one already had an acute appendicitis with an appendix about to burst before he/she fell. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of a ruptured appendix?

What are the consequences of a ruptured appendix?

Widespread infection: When the appendix ruptures it can spew puss about the abdominal cavity causing peritonitis, which is a life threatening condition. At the time of rupture the pain in the right lower abdomen can suddenly and significantly diminish, which is a "false flag". ...Read more

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How many different people die from a ruptured appendix?

Much less today.: At least in developed countries the numbers are much smaller than a hundred years ago. Still, it can happen in older patients where other diseases may hide the diagnosis from doctors until it's too late. ...Read more

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Can my ruptured appendix years ago cause infertility?

Possibly: Ruptured appendix can cause peritonitis which can lead to pelvic adhesions. Pelvic adhesions can then possibly cause blocked tubes. I would have an hsg performed to make sure tubes are open. ...Read more

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Can my ruptured appendix years ago cause infertility (female)?

Can my ruptured appendix years ago cause infertility (female)?

Yes: The first thing to do is to evaluate your fallopian tubes. Your gyn may be able to do a femvue in the office. ...Read more

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My 13 yr old had a ruptured appendix, it was awful to see her sick like this. Will this cause any problems for her future health?

Common problem: Unfortunately, in spite of advances in diagnostic equipment, the frequency of rupture has not declined significantly in decades. After the initial prolonged hospital stay, most will go on to have few issues in the future.Scarring can make some structures stick together & this could complicate future surgery like a c-section or act as a pivot point, trapping bowel & causing cramps or other symptms. ...Read more

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Can a ruptured appendix cause infertility in women?

Yes: A ruptured appendix can subsequently block fallopian tubes by way of scar tissue from the infection that would ensue. ...Read more

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Should a ruptured appendix with peritonitis wound be left untreated or closed?

Should a ruptured appendix with peritonitis wound be left untreated or closed?

Open or close: The surgeon that performed the surgery is the best person to make this decision. There are multiple factors related to your situation so a sweeping statement cannot be made. ...Read more

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Is peritonitis only caused from a ruptured appendix or are there other causes?

Peritonitis Causes: Peritonitis is an irritation of the lining which covers the contents inside of your abdomen. Various different disease processes can cause peritonitis. In simple terms, anything that does not belong inside of the abdominal cavity when present. Can cause irritation which leads to peritonitis. ...Read more

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How is ruptured appendix pain compared to labor pain?

How is ruptured appendix pain compared to labor pain?

Ask a mother.: You would really have to ask someone who has experienced both. Though labor pain traditionally in more crampy, achy. And appendicitis is sharp stabbing and worse with touching ...Read more

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How can ruptured appendix pain compare to labor pain?

How can ruptured appendix pain compare to labor pain?

Constant vs contract: Appendicitis is at first a generalized pain that starts in the peri umbilical area. As the appendix ruptures the pain may move from the right side groin area to the whole abdomen. Patients lay still because of pain. Labor pains are contractions of uterine muscle. They increase as a method for delivery of a baby and subside after delivery. Patients are moving constantly to try to get relief. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of a ruptured appendix causing sepsis?

Good with treatment: Believe it or not, we have data from World War 2 concentration camps where there were plenty of doctor prisoners but no treatment available. They found that the mortality rate of untreated appendicitis was only ~5%. With treatment, mortality will be lower, although the course may be pronged prior to getting well. ...Read more

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My daughter had a appendectomy for a ruptured appendix that was ruptured, it has been 28 day postop and she still has cramping and pain?

My daughter had a appendectomy for a ruptured appendix that was ruptured, it has been 28 day postop and she still has cramping and pain?

Complication: It is not unusual for the intestines to form sticky patches (adhesions) after such an event. This can lead to variable symptoms as you describe. You may want to call the surgeon's office and schedule a followup evaluation. Evaluation can eliminate some of the more worrisome processes this could be. ...Read more

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My 13 year old son had op for ruptured appendix 18 wks ago & still feels tired a lot. Is this normal? He did have urine infections for a month.

My 13 year old son had op for ruptured appendix 18 wks ago & still feels tired a lot. Is this normal? He did have urine infections for a month.

Get checked: At 18 weeks, he should feel much better. It might be best to have him rechecked by his family doctor. He could be anemic, or might have contracted something like mononucleosis at some point. It would seem unusual for it to be related to the surgery by now. ...Read more

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I just got out of the hospital from ruptured appendix. My vagina bled while in hospital. Now its constantly wet with thin mucus. Is this concerning?

I just got out of the hospital from ruptured appendix. My vagina bled while in hospital. Now its constantly wet with thin mucus. Is this concerning?

Maybe normal: Being in the hospital can affect your period. Make sure you are not pregnant, then wait for normal periods to resume. If not normal within a cycle or two, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 6 inch keloid scar from a midline incision due to a ruptured appendix when I was 8. I am 24 now, is there still a chance or way to remove/minimize the scar?

I have a 6 inch keloid scar from a midline incision due to a ruptured appendix when I was 8. I am 24 now, is there still a chance or way to remove/minimize the scar?

Appendix scar: If you appendix was ruptured, the skin was probably left open to heal on its own, leaving an unaesthetic scar. This can most likely be improved by scar revision, in which the scar is cut out and the skin edges are carefully sutured. ...Read more

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I have been getting left shoulder pain again 6 weeks after laparoscopic appendectomy for a ruptured appendix. Is it normal to still be feeling this?

It is: Unusual for referred shoulder pain to persist more than a few days after a laparoscopic procedure. You might be developing something serious, such as abscess. Please re-consult your surgeon for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Could I have a ruptured appendix? Been running a low grade fever for 2w, 2 Dr did physical test, said nothing was wrong, WBC 17000, pain comes&goes

Unlikely, but...: ...something potentially serious is going on here. With abndominal pain, fever, and such a high WBC count, you need to keep working with your doctor (s) about the cause. With non-continuous pain, ruptured appendix isn't likely. But any number of other problems may be possible. If the pain is in lower abdomen, at age 21 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, usually due to STD) is possible. ...Read more

Rupture (Definition)

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