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Dr. Dan Lister
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Removal Of Appendix (Overview)

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 and removes the appendix.


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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

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 more

Dr. Dan Lister
358 Doctors shared insights

Removal Of Appendix (Overview)

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 and removes the appendix.


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Can the staple used for removal of appendix ever come off & cause problems?

Can the staple used for removal of appendix ever come off & cause problems?

No: Even if they did the material is inert and would not react with anything don't worry. Millions at least have been used. ...Read more

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What would be reasons for surgical removal of the appendix?

What would be reasons for surgical removal of the appendix?

Why get appendectomy: Reasons for appendectomy range from incidental (excise the healthy appendix when adjacent organs are being removed to avoid possible future appendicitis), to tumors, inflammation, perforation, abscess, infection, ; when radiologic evidence is found/suspected of appendiceal problems. This list is not all inclusive, but I hope it generally addresses your question. ...Read more

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Are there any negative effects with the removal of the appendix?

Are there any negative effects with the removal of the appendix?

You won't miss it.: You can live fine without your appendix, as it serves no useful purpose in humans. Now there are potential complications of appendectomy that your surgeon should discuss with you, including wound or intra-abdominal infection, bowel injury or obstruction, and, if done laparoscopically, possible conversion to open operation. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recovery from an appendix removal?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recovery from an appendix removal?

10-28 days: If uncomplicated, and performed laparoscopically, then the patient should be good to go in about 10 days. If an open procedure was performed, then the recovery will be about 4 weeks. But, every surgeon has their own absolute restrictions, so make sure to clarify this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Side effects after having appendix removal?

Not expected: In a simple appendectomy unless you meant complications from surgical error, which is rare nowadays, or lingering infection from a ruptured appendix which may take weeks to recover even with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do you recommend I fast before my appendix removal surgery?

Do you recommend I fast before my appendix removal surgery?

Fasting with surgery: If you are having elective surgery with general anesthesia then you should not eat or drink anything after midnight of the day of surgery. ...Read more

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When is it safe to go back to work after laparoscopic appendix removal?

Depends: It really depends on the type of work you do and how difficult the procedure was. I would check with the surgeon as they should be able to give you a very good estimate of when you can go back to work safely. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have to use a catheter during appendix removal surgery?

Is it possible that I have to use a catheter during appendix removal surgery?

Yes, temporarily: The use of a Foley catheter to drain the bladder during abdominal surgery is not uncommon. These are generally placed after anesthesia is given and removed within 24 hours after surgery. Occasionally the Foley catheter is not used, but if the patient cannot urinate after surgery, catheterization may be required once or twice until the patient can urinate on their own. ...Read more

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Can appendix removal cause complications for a woman to become pregnant?

Can appendix removal cause complications for a woman to become pregnant?

No and yes: No uncomplicated appendicitis and appendectomy regardless if it is done open or laparoscopic will not effect the woman ability to have a children. But ruptured appendix with peritonitis can cause enough adhesions inside the pelvis that could very rarely affect the women ability to have children. ...Read more

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I had an appendix removal and one of the dissolvable stitches hasn't dissolved. Its been 2 years. A little bit is sticking out and is itchy sometimes?

I had an appendix removal and one of the dissolvable stitches hasn't dissolved. Its been 2 years. A little bit is sticking out and is itchy sometimes?

See surgeon: See your surgeon. That is not normal. That wasn't a dissolvable stitch then or it's some fiber development in the tissue post-op. ...Read more

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Referred to surgeon because of a polyp that has grown into my appendix. Is appendix removal similar to gallbladder removal?

Yes: Usually both are done laprascopically (small incisions). Only difference will likely be the soreness from appendectomy will be less as the procedure is in the lower right part of your abdomen, not right under rib cage. ...Read more

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I have incisional hernia from old emergency appendix removal on & off light pain 4 over a year surgeon says lose 20lbs and wait why? Is this right?

He may: ...Want to correct the defect and would like to lose the wait to properly assess the condition as well do a better on you. If I would suffer from pain I would certainly try to lose the weight to help him help you! ...Read more

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How long would it take for scar tissue from an open appendix removal take to start causing abdomen pain?

Variable: Scar tissue often never causes pain, so it's impossible to determine the answer to your question. If you're having chronic pain after healing from an open appendectomy, see your surgeon. There may be something that could be causing the pain and that could be treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from appendix removal and intestine being detached from abdominal wall?

How long does it take to recover from appendix removal and intestine being detached from abdominal wall?

Varies: Depends on what you mean as "recovery." Internally the organs return to normal function nearly immediately. But pain medication will slow intestinal activity. Externally the incisions heal in a couple weeks if small laparoscopic surgery was used. Larger incisions may take 4-6 weeks to fully heal. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I got my period the day after my appendix removal surgery? And is it ok to use tampons while in recovery?

Is it ok if I got my period the day after my appendix removal surgery? And is it ok to use tampons while in recovery?

It's okay: Yes, these are two separate body systems. The appendix is a small unnecessary part of your colon. Your period represents your uterus shedding the lining it built for that month. The uterus/vagina and colon are not connected. There is no problem using tampons. ...Read more

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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?

Not related: There is some lymphoid tissue in the appendix that contributes to the life cycle of white blood cells, but it only a tiny part of your lymphoid tissue bank. Talk to your doctor about monitoring your white cell count. It may not need treatment to be "cured." ...Read more

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I have light to dark brown liquid coming from belly button from a appendix removal laposcoptically it's been 5 days and no fever just cold. And painful. It happened after or during I was using restroom doing a bm barely pushing.

I have light to dark brown liquid coming from belly button from a appendix removal laposcoptically it's been 5 days and no fever just cold. And painful. It happened after or during I was using restroom doing a bm barely pushing.

Drainage: I recommend that you report this drainage and discomfort to the surgeon who performed the procedure. I'm sure that he/she will want to examine you to look for any complications. In the meantime keep the area clean and use a sterile gauze padding until you are examined. ...Read more

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After appendix removal is it normal to pee blood? I've been peeing with blood and it feels like im pulling something in my belly botton

After appendix removal is it normal to pee blood? I've been peeing with blood and it feels like im pulling something in my belly botton

Heamaturia: Urinating blood may be a sign of infection or trauma to the bladder or urinary tract anywhere from the kidney all the way to the penis. During your surgery you could have been catheterised and this could have resulted in trauma to your outlet tube in the penis resulting in blood. Please see your GP ...Read more

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In 1966 open surgery for malrotation & right kidney displacement & appendix removal age 12, now problems with acute Gastroparesis/ SMA Syndrome?? Help

In 1966 open surgery for malrotation & right kidney displacement & appendix removal age 12, now problems with acute Gastroparesis/ SMA Syndrome?? Help

Very different: Conditions. Both the conditions of "gastroparesis" and "SMA syndrome" are uncommon, and are very different, unrelated conditions. Neither of these would be related to past surgery. Both need a detailed evaluation by a specialist, Gastroenterologist. Both need specialized radiology testing (gastric emptying study, vascular MRI study, etc). Your doctor will know what tests you need. ...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

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What do you suggest if I had an appendectomy and was just curious what the surgical team does to the appendix after they remove it?

It is sent to. ..: Pathology. The specimen is preserved in formalin and then processed so that the pathologist can look at thin slices of it under the microscope for diagnostic purposes. Most of the time, when the appendix it removed, it is for infection (appendicitis), and the pathologist describes the inflammation. Rarely, other diagnoses are seen, such as cancer. Sometimes, the appendix is normal. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

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


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