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What is appendectomy?

What is appendectomy?

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

Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Definition)

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


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How quickly can I run after an appendectomy?

How quickly can I run after an appendectomy?

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

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Are there fertility complications with appendectomy?

Usually not: However, if the appendix has ruptured, it is possible that scar tissue can form inside the abdomen from the presence of infectious material. If the scarring involves the fallopian tubes, fertility may be impacted. ...Read more

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How to deal with an abscess after appendectomy symptoms?

How to deal with an abscess after appendectomy symptoms?

Abcess: These can usually be handled without surgery and be drained by a radiologist under cat scan or ultrasound guidance. Once better, you may need your appendix out, but not for certain. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have four incisions for an appendectomy scope?

Is it normal to have four incisions for an appendectomy scope?

It varies by surgeon: I usually use 3 incisions for laparoscopic appendectomies. However, if the need arises, I have made a 4th incision once in a blue moon. Far more important than the number of incisions is the outcome--i hope all went well. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat pain caused by laproscopic appendectomy?

What can I do to treat pain caused by laproscopic appendectomy?

See surgeon: Pain after surgery is treated with pain medications from your surgeon. Call your surgeon if there are persistent pain issues. ...Read more

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Can an appendectomy be done under local or general anaesthetics?

Can an appendectomy be done under local or general anaesthetics?

General anesthesia: Appendectomy is generally done under general anesthesia. While I have done them under local anesthesia, it is not in the best interest of the patient and surgeon to do so. ...Read more

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I was wondering is an appendectomy or hysterectomy more painful?

I was wondering is an appendectomy or hysterectomy more painful?

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

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Is it okay to swim less than a month after got an lap appendectomy?

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

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When you have an appendectomy in emergency, do they put in a catheter?

When you have an appendectomy in emergency, do they put in a catheter?

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

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Can you tell me about problem in ceserean delivery after appendectomy?

Usually none: A previous appendectomy should not have any effect on the ability to have a C-section. ...Read more

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What are soft foods that an adult can eat after having an appendectomy and colectomy?

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

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Are there any exercises (besides walking) I can do immediately after an appendectomy?

Are there any exercises (besides walking) I can do immediately after an appendectomy?

Yes: You should not lift heavy objects >10-15 pounds for 6 weeks, but other activity should be encouraged if it doesn't hurt ex. Biking, yoga, hiking, skiing. Swimming generally okay after 2 weeks if no open or infected wounds ...Read more

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I am a RN on a med/surg unit. How soon can/should I return to work after lap 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

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How long before exercising? How long after appendectomy before returning to lifting weights?

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

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Complications from hyst and appendectomy 3 weeks ago. Edges of incision slightly coming apart?

Complications from hyst and appendectomy 3 weeks ago. Edges of incision slightly coming apart?

See your surgeon: See or speak with your surgeon as soon as you can. Answer questions as completely as you can. This could be nothing to worry about; but it could be a wound infection, and your surgeon will know when s/he sees you. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have discomfort and slight pain 4 weeks after you had an appendectomy? Mine was laparoscopic.

Is it normal to have discomfort and slight pain 4 weeks after you had an appendectomy? Mine was laparoscopic.

Yes: Healing, scar formation, mesh can all cause mild discomfort for few weeks after an appy. As long as the discomfort is mild, no fever, and the scars do not look infected, you can wait another 2-3 weeks befroe getting it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it normal to return to normal volleyball practice after only 1 week recovery after lapparoscopic appendectomy?

Lap Appy recovrry: Recovery can be quick after a lap appendectomy. Newer access ports split in between muscle fibers and minimize bleeding and pain. We also use more of the smaller access ports. Congrats on getting back to normal! ...Read more

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Had an appendectomy, but am currently experiencing the same symptoms as during my appendicitis. Not sure what to do.

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

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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

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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.

Phlebitis: Venous inflammation due to foreign body reaction to IV. Possible bacterial infection. Have IV removed and either discontinued or moved to alternate site. ...Read more

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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

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After a laparscopic appendectomy what are if any limitations in diets, activity, and health care. Such as cleaning wounds and dressing them?

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

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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

Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Appendectomy (Definition)

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more