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Is Appendectomy Outpatient
Surgical procedure: Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small organ attached to the right colon. When the appendix goes bad, the best more durable treatment to avoid serious health disruption is an appendectomy, which can be done with traditional open surgery or with a laprascopic approach. Be well. ...Read more
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
It depends: If the appendectomy was done laparoscopically, a motivated patient can get back to vigorous activity in 5 to 10 days. If done openly, it might be a month or more. Listen to your body -- if you start to run, and it hurts, your body is saying it's too soon. If it doesn't hurt, go ahead. The best person to ask would be the surgeon who did the operation. ...Read more
Hard to say: It would depend on a number of factors. Pain after surgery is usually from the incisions, in particular where muscles are divided to get into the abdomen. There are techniques for both procedures that are minimally invasive, using a laparoscope. These can make the incisions smaller, and therefore make the pain after surgery less than with traditional open surgery techniques. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Usually yes: I tell my patients to return to normal activity as tolerated by pain and discomfort. Use common sense, and listen to your body. You can always call your surgeon to find out for sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Sometimes: Reasons for placing a urinary catheter into the bladder include: monitoring a critically ill patient's urine output, relieving a temporary dysfunction of the bladder after surgery, and/or decompressing the bladder to prevent injury during surgery. None of these scenarios are common with appendicitis, but each can occur. ...Read more
I would wait 4-6 wks: Ask you surgeon for guidance. Don't be OCD re: exercise. ...Read more
Best to ask: Your surgeon!!!! . Not sure how far out from your surgery you are and why the bowel resection was done, and how the repair was made. All of these will determine an appropriate answer to your question. Your surgeon should have given you a recommended diet. If not call their office and get one!! ...Read more
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
Six weeks: You will be about 60% healed then. Check w your surgeon as they may have a reason to shorten or prolong it. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it normal to have discomfort and slight pain 4 weeks after you had an appendectomy? Mine was laparoscopic.
Had an appendectomy, but am currently experiencing the same symptoms as during my appendicitis. Not sure what to do.
See your surgeon....: Was your surgery recent? Pains or illness after surgery, especially after what was likely an emergency surgery for you, needs to be addressed by your surgeon. Contact your surgeon to ask questions & make an appointment for evaluation. However, if the surgery was more than several months ago, then see your primary doctor or go to an er to be evaluated. ...Read more
After an appendectomy would feeling like you are very hot but actually feeling cold to the touch indicate any possible complications?
Maybe: After illness, feeling normal takes time, so you are not active and your hands and feet feel cool, and the rest of you is warm. One common problem after a ruptured or a gangrenous appendix is an abscess in the abdomen. This will have other symptoms than just feeling hot. Urine and chest infections can follow hospitalisation and surgery, call your surgeon if you feel "off", and get an opinion. ...Read more
My nephew is 9 years old and he had an appendectomy 2 days ago. He says he doesn't feel when he pees on himself. Should we be worried?
Had an iv for 2 days. Now all around the site is swollen. Not painful but noticeably swollen. Is this normal? Had an appendectomy done.
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
After a laparscopic appendectomy what are if any limitations in diets, activity, and health care. Such as cleaning wounds and dressing them?
Ok to ask surgeon: Your surgeon and facility typically give verbal and written instructions on what to expect after surgery. Ok to call and ask, make your post op appointment at the same time. Typically diet limited until bowels are moving, and avoiding heavy lifting for two weeks is the answer. ...Read more
I had an appendectomy 7 years ago. I'm 19 years old and female. They went through my bellybutton and now it hurts and feels hard when pressed
I have been having chronic diarhhea for months. It started after I had my appendix out 3 months ago. Could the appendectomy cause the diarhhea?
See your doctor: You had an appendix removed for pain. You have diarrhea for 3 months following appendix removal. You should talk to your doctor and surgeon. You may have diarrhea from the antibiotics you received. You may need treatment. Your doctor will want to see you. This can be treated. ...Read more