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Is A Ruptured Appendix Always Fatal
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: About 7% of the population will develop acute appendicitis in their lifetime. Of these, about 15% of appendicitis will have ruptured or perforated at the time of appendectomy. Of these, about 2% will die from complications from ruptured appendicitis, especially in those patients with other medical conditions, very old and very young patients. ...Read more
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
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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