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What does a post appendectomy abscess feel like?

What does a post appendectomy abscess feel like?

RLQ pain: When an abscess forms after an appendectomy it usually causes continued pain in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. The pain can be in the midline or even a bit to the left depending on the abscess location. There is usually tenderness to palpation, fever and an elevated WBC count. A ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis is the best diagnostic test. ...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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In a post appendectomy or exlap patient, when should the wound be cleaned and dressing changed? How often?

In a post appendectomy or exlap patient, when should the wound be cleaned and dressing changed? How often?

Daily but steri stay: Most patients are discharged with a dressing that can be removed. Daily dressing changes allow the incision to be inspected. If you had exploratory laparotomy you may have steri strips or staples. They stay until you see your surgeon. The instructions should be on discharge summary. Including shower instructions. Your surgeon will review findings and look at wound in follow up. ...Read more

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Abscess pain post appendectomy laparoscopy, what to do?

Abscess pain post appendectomy laparoscopy, what to do?

See your surgeon!: If you have an abscess, it must be drained. If it has been drained, and you are having pain from the drain, that will improve as the abscess resolves. I am assuming if you know you have an abscess, someone is treating it. Abscesses (an infected fluid collection) are painful, but that usually improves with drainage and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the causes of vomiting one week post appendectomy?

What are the causes of vomiting one week post appendectomy?

New abscess or adhes: The inflammatory process of the disease, and the surgery can kink up the bowels and cause blockage. It needs to be seen by the surgeon who operated. As soon as possible. ...Read more

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Post appendectomy sepsis I am getting chills and and I feel like vomiting I got my surgery jan 8 can I have sepsis?

Post appendectomy sepsis I am getting chills and and I feel like vomiting I got my surgery jan 8 can I have sepsis?

Yes.: This does not sound good. It may not be related, but I would suggest talking to your doc asap. ...Read more

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Is it common for nausea and vomiting start a week post appendectomy?

Is it common for nausea and vomiting start a week post appendectomy?

No: You may have an unrelated viral gastroenteritis. But to be on the safe side call your surgeon to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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I have post appendectomy fluid in abdomen, it got inflamed after antibiotics treatment, everything was fine, I'm experiencing mild symptoms again advic?

I have post appendectomy fluid in abdomen, it got inflamed after antibiotics treatment, everything was fine, I'm experiencing mild symptoms again advic?

Could be abscess: It is unusual to develop fluid after a straightforward appendectomy but it can happen. The fluid should be drained with a needle under ct or ultrasound guidance to make sure it is all removed. ...Read more

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Daughter is six days post-appendectomy and she is vomiting until nothing but green bile left to vomit. She is sleeping now, what should we do?

Daughter is six days post-appendectomy and she is vomiting until nothing but green bile left to vomit. She is sleeping now, what should we do?

If you cannot: Hold anything down, you get dehydrated. A lot of complciations can cause this. But if someone cannot keep liquids down, there's not much choice except to get immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.

Post appendectomy tightness in left knee cap, pain when I move it. I spent most of the day after surgery walking around, then all of a sudden this began. On Levaquin, (levofloxacin) but have only had 1 dose.

Side effect: Levaquin (levofloxacin) can cause tendonitis, but only one dose is unlikely to be reason, but not impossible. Another thought would be that you favored the left leg while walking around post surgery and it is slightly inflamed? If it continues, ask your MD about switching antibiotics. ...Read more

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Distended stomach pain watery diarrhea fever 3 weeks post appendectomy?

Distended stomach pain watery diarrhea fever 3 weeks post appendectomy?

C. Diff: Have to be concerned about an infection in the colon caused by a bacterium called clostridium difficila. Most often occurs after given an antibiotic for some other reason (appendicitis). Anitibiotics can kill off "good" bacteria in colon leading to over growth of bad bugs- c. Diff. Need to have stool checked and if present treated with oral antibiotics. Good also be an abscess in pelvis. ...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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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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I went from 125 pounds to 113 in a week due to my lap. Appendectomy. How do I gain all my weight back so I'm not severely unhealthy? I'm 5'11.

I went from 125 pounds to 113 in a week due to my lap. Appendectomy. How do I gain all my weight back so I'm not severely unhealthy? I'm 5'11.

Patience: Physicians are always surprised by this question. There is nothing wrong with you. And one would never ever want to force or add burden to a healing body. Time and returning to normal is how this will happen, please be patient with your body. Take care of yourself. Do not eat unhealthily just to feel that you are making a normal process go faster. ...Read more

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I had open appendectomy I 2 weeks ago. I've stopped liking all the foods I used to like. I've gone off coffee, chocolate and almost all my favourites?

Possibly medicatIons: Many of the medication we provide around the time of surgery can impact appetite and food taste including antibiotics and narcotic pain medications. Give it time, your appetite and taste for food will return. ...Read more

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I am having stomach pains and diarrhea and had a appendectomy in june is that the cause of my pain?

Seven months: After appendix surgery. Pain and diarrhea not likely related to surgery that long ago. See a doctor for an exam or go to an er if the pains are bad or associated with vomiting or inability to eat. ...Read more

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I had appendectomy my scar came open what do I do?

I had appendectomy my scar came open what do I do?

See Your Surgeon: Wound openings and wound infections are not uncommon with appendectomies. Wounds opening up may do so because of many reasons primarily due to infection, non-healing, or more serious issues. Please see your surgeon promptly for evaluation. ...Read more

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How long will my bloating from appendectomy take to go away?

Few days: Laparoscopic surgery uses gas to see. Abdominal bloating resolves over a few days. Ileus also can cause bloating. Eat small amounts at first and drink more liquids. Warm heating pad can help a little. ...Read more

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About to shower for the first time after my appendectomy. Do put new bandages on the stitches (dissolvable)? It was laparascopic.

About to shower for the first time after my appendectomy. Do put new bandages on the stitches (dissolvable)? It was laparascopic.

Follow the Rules: Customs vary quite a bit amongst surgeons with respect to how they advise their patients to care for wounds postop. I use "super glue" over absorbable suture w/o any dressing; my patients can shower the day after surgery. If your surgeon made no mention of using a dressing after showering, you are probably "good-to-go", but it's no harm to ask his/her office. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a appendectomy & they told me that they didn't find appendicitis but my appendix was white & a little bigger than normal. Is that normal?

I had a appendectomy & they told me that they didn't find appendicitis but my appendix was white & a little bigger than normal. Is that normal?

Well you must have: You must have had symptoms of appendicitis. So ask the doctor what did the radiologist diagnose. And also what did the pathologist say. This is how you will know the final diagnosis ...Read more

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Had a lap appendectomy 5 1/2 weeks ago. When can I go back to my high intensity interval training? I'm in good health. Not over weight, I feel lazy.

Had a lap appendectomy 5 1/2 weeks ago. When can I go back to my high intensity interval training? I'm in good health. Not over weight, I feel lazy.

Varies: It is best to ask your own surgeon, as different doctors have differing recommendations. As long as you are well and without complications, I recommend my patients to start to return to normal activities and exercises about 2 weeks after uncomplicated laparoscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

General Surgery: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon. The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to get an appendectomy?

Appendectomy: First of all, your symptoms have to be diagnosed as appendicitis; classic signs and symptoms can indicate the diagnosis by physical examination. When your symptoms are not clear-cut, a ct scan of your abdomen will help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you know if you should get an appendectomy?

How can you know if you should get an appendectomy?

See your doctor: Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix that requires surgery. Appendicitis causes 24 to 48 hours of worsening right lower abdominal pain that can be associated with nausea, vomiting, or fever. Your doctor would need to examine you, and possibly do blood tests and maybe an x-ray or ct scan. If your appendix is normal you do not need an appendectomy. ...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