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Is There Any Way To Cure Appendix Without Surgery
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
Unpredictable.: A small subset of people with acute appendicitis may respond to antibiotics alone; however, it is more common for people to progress to rupture if not operated on. Therefore, for almost all people with appendicitis, the risk of rupture outweighs the risk of surgery. Therefore, we almost always recommend surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had mild pain in right portion of abdomen and usg report shows appendix of 6.4 mm diameter. Any cure without surgery at this stage ?
Not sure: It's unclear that this mild pain is due to your appendix. But if all are convinced that you have some degree of appendicitis, then surgical removal is the usual treatment. Now, there are some studies trying to treat this problem with antibiotics, but this approach is not the standard of care. Good luck. ...Read more
I had surgery last nov and had a t1n1 tumor (2 mm) at the base of my appendix. I finished 12 treatments of folfox. What are my chances of a cure?
Probably good: It is unusual to have spread to a lymph node from such a small tumor. I need more information about the surgical procedure and the type of cancer to give a proper opinion about your prognosis. However, with just 1 node involved, and a proper surgical resection and chemotherapy, your outlook is much better than if 4 or more were involved. Your cure rate could be as high as 75 or 85%. Good luck! ...Read more
21 yr old female has low white blood count a couple years (or 1year&half) after appendix removal surgery. What's the connection and how to cure?
2-4 weeks: It depends on how bad the inflammation was, laparoscopic or not?, how long you waited prior to surgery . Whether there was perf or not? Still, in most cases you will go home in 1 -2 days, be in pain the first week, sore the second and then return to activities the 3rd or 4th week. I know a surgeon who had it out and was back at work the next day. Depends on how u deal with pain. ...Read more
Largely, yes....: In addition to dr. Rosen's response, there is an extremely small number of people reported that have had duplication of the appendix (i.e. Two appendices). The "second" appendix is often located adjacent to the first, but could conceivably be overlooked at the time of surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Laparoscopy v. Open: The appendix may be removed via traditional "open" surgery performed thru a 2-3" incision or via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Both are safe procedures with the choice of procedure usually dependent on the preference of the surgeon. Like most surgeons under age 50, i perform almost all of mine laparoscopically, with an average length of hospitalization less than 24 hrs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr said appendix wall is thick or has thickened. Is this dangerous? They didn't want to do surgery. I'm worried. Have had pains . Second opinion ?
Please help! I have a surgery to remove my appendix tomorrow morning and i was about to eat dinner but was wondering if I should be fasting beforehand?
NPO after midnight: In general terms, if you are having an elective appendectomy tomorrow morning, you should stop eating or drinking after midnight. Most of the time, an appendectomy is an urgent procedure performed for acute appendicitis, and the bowel is not working very well; in that case, you should be npo from when the diagnosis is made until some point postoperatively. ...Read more
Depends: If your appendix is not ruptured, you should be able to go home the next day. If ruptured, you will likely require multiple days of IV antibiotics and days in the hospital. Some patients, if done laparoscopically and their appendix is not ruptured, can go home the same day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: An appendectomy is one of the most common and straightforward operations performed by general surgeons. The risk of surgery is primarily related to the overall health of the patient. With acute appendicitis, the appendix, by definition, is "infected". Therefore, most complications are related to one's response to infection. Most people are home in a day-or-two and back to normal in a few wks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get well and go home: Appendix surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgery , considered relatively low risk surgery , that will prevent catastrophic complications . You will have slight pain for couple of days, with early diagnosis and laparoscopic surgery you will go home next day ( most of the time ) ...Read more
See below: You should be presenting the same question to your surgeon. Only he or she knows how well you have healed. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more
Less recovery time: Recovery time with laparoscopic surgery and limited incision is much less than usual abdominal surgery. Most appendectomies are performed now with laparoscopic surgery,much less invasive than conventional surgery. incision smaller and blood loss less. Abdomen distended with carbon dioxide for surgery. Some discomfort related to distention. Recovery time may be reduced to less than week. ...Read more
I supposedly have an intussuscepted appendix. Surgery has been offered, but i don't know what to do. Any recommendation?
Surgery: Intussusception in adults may be caused by a tumor (e.g. Tumor at the tip of the appendix acts as a lead point that causes it to intussuscept). No surgery is without a risk, but if there are no contraindications to surgery with general anesthesia, it is an indicated procedure in this case. The tumor, if present, may be too small to be detected by imaging studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not enough info: For me to be able to answer your question. I do not know your past medical history. What "keyhole" surgery was done and why? You need to contact your surgeon who would know your meducal conditions in detail to be able to get the best aswer as to the possibilities of why you are having pain. ...Read more
Unlikely...: Halitosis (bad breath) and "body odor" may reflect underlying gastrointestinal pathology, but would not be expected to result from an appendix that has already been removed (no matter how diseased it may have been pre-operatively). Check first with your dentist and dermatologist for their respective evaluations and recommendations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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