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How long is the recovery period from an appendectomy?

How long is the recovery period from an appendectomy?

10-28 days: After a laparscopic appendix removal the patient may resume lifting and exercise in 10 days, in most cases. With an open approach the recovery would be more like 3-4 weeks. Other factors can be influential, and your surgeon will make it quite clear when you may resume your activities. Good luck.

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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It's been almost two months since my appendectomy and I still haven't had my period?

It's been almost two months since my appendectomy and I still haven't had my period?

Check for pregnancy: Since you have not had a period for 2 months after your appendectomy, you should check a pregnancy test, perhaps in your doctor's office. If the test is negative, it may be normal to miss a period or two. When the body undergoes stress such as surgery, the hormones that control periods are disrupted. It is likely that things will return to normal fairly quickly.

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How common is it to have missed a period after an appendectomy?

Not unheard of: It may not be normal, but stress of surgery can alter the normal hormonal balance in the body and throw off your normal menstrual cycle. If you have more than 1 month of irregularity, however, you may be best suited to check in with a gynecologist.

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Hello, I am 18 years old, I have been having my period 12 days straight non stop. I had appendectomy 2 months ago. Is this normal? Thank you

Hello, I am 18 years old, I have been having my period 12 days straight non stop. I had appendectomy 2 months ago. Is this normal? Thank you

Not normal: Its not normal to have a period for 12 days straight. However, the stress of surgery can sometimes keep you from ovulating and this can make you skip periods and/or have a heavy period or two. If it is a persistent problem and doesn't correct itself, you should see your Ob/Gyn. Best wishes!

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I am experiencing bloody discharge from my vagina after an appendectomy. I also had my period during and after the surgery. Should I seek help?

I am experiencing bloody discharge from my vagina after an appendectomy. I also had my period during and after the surgery. Should I seek help?

Yes: Yes seek help ASAP. Did you at any point get a pregnancy test. Please see your MD ASAP, go to the ER if the tempo of the bleeding is fast or has been occurring for a long time. If slow and not a lot of blood, see OB in the office. Also contact your surgeon ASAP, call the on call answering service. Stay calm you will be okay. Good luck.

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Had unprotected sex on the 2nd day of my period. Will I get pregnant? I had laparoscopic appendectomy 2 months ago dr. Said I can't get pregnant.

Had unprotected sex on the 2nd day of my period. Will I get pregnant? I had laparoscopic appendectomy 2 months ago dr. Said I can't get pregnant.

No: Your doctor was correct. In general, you are very unlikely to get pregnant while on your period. Hope this helps!

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When can you ran at full pace again for long periods after appendectomy, not laparoscopic?

About a month: If there were no complications and the incision healed well, you should be free to return to all normal activities 4 weeks after your surgery. This includes running. Start slow and work your way up. If it causes pain, back off and wait a little longer. I recommend waiting 6 weeks if you are going to be doing HEAVY lifting, such as weight lifting.

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Appendectomy 14/7 - found multiple cysts on my ovary still in pain R side with heavy periods? Is this the cysts GP waiting 4wk before scanning me.

Appendectomy 14/7 - found multiple cysts on my ovary still in pain R side with heavy periods? Is this the cysts GP waiting 4wk before scanning me.

Cysts may cause pain: The size of cysts is not mentioned. Small cysts generally cause no pain. You do not mention if your appendix was inflamed, normal, ruptured, or if you had an abscess. You also do not mention if you have fever. If you had an abscess or have fever, see your doctor right away. Cysts are not usually associated with heavy periods, and seeing an OB/GYN might be useful after ultrasound. Good Luck!

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What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

What is the recovery time following laparoscopic appendectomy?

2-3days: It is dependent on the amount of inflammation at time of surgery; also on the person and what you call recovery. I have had patients who have gone back to work within 3 days and some not for 3 weeks.

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Laparoscopic appendectomy recovery time. When can I swim again?

The best thing...: Is to ask the surgeon who performed the operation. I would let my patients go swimming about 2 weeks postoperatively, assuming normal uncomplicated healing.

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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!

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I have to have a cholecystectomy and appendectomy with possible cecum removal. How long will recovery be?

Post surgery: It depends on your overall health. More medical or complex medical issues, the longer is the recovery.

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How long is the recovery after an open appendectomy?

Variable: Depends on the size & location of the scar & other factors such as degree of infection. May take 4-6 weeks before one can do all normal activities.

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I recently had an appendectomy, what can I expect as far as recovery time, pain etc?

Pain: Depends how how sick your appendix was (whether perforated or not) and how your surgery was done (open or laparoscopically). In general for laparoscopic appendectomy for nonperforated appendicitis, expect 2-3 days of pain that requires narcotic pain meds, then soreness for 2-3 weeks. Any fevers, vomiting, or worsening pain would be concerning.

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Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

Will smoking marijuana after surgery effect the recovery time of an appendectomy?

No effect: This will not speed up nor slow down healing. If this is your normal pattern, don't worry.

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