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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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What is the accuracy of an abdominal ultrasound in the first trimester? Possible to be off 4 weeks?

What is the accuracy of an abdominal ultrasound in the first trimester? Possible to be off 4 weeks?

Ultrasounds: Nope. It is very unlikely that an early ultrasound is inaccurate by much, especially four weeks. The early ultrasounds are much more accurate in general. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pain in the liver area within the first few days after having your gallbladder removed laparoscopically?

Is it normal to have pain in the liver area within the first few days after having your gallbladder removed laparoscopically?

Sometimes: Usually after a lap chole, there is discomfort in the RUQ and mainly the Right shoulder. This is a result of the air in your abdomen. The pain should get better relatively quickly. If you have any nausea or vomiting, or yellow/orange color to your urine, you should see your surgeon. You may also want to try Ibuprofen which sometimes helps with the discomfort. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have 2 periods in 1 month? The first one was the first week of the month the second one was in the third week of the same month

Is it normal to have 2 periods in 1 month? The first one was the first week of the month the second one was in the third week of the same month

Once a year?: A woman with cycles shorter than 29 days (shorter than 1 month) will likely have 1 ovulation per month during the year, but have 2 ovulations during one month of the year (since she has about 13 cycles a year). ...Read more

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Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

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Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

Depends: Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy. Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid. ...Read more

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What is involved in the two week follow up exam after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this the only follow up appointment?

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What is involved in the two week follow up exam after inguinal hernia surgery? Is this the only follow up appointment?

Possible but...: At least, one postop visit after inguinal heniorrhaphy is reasonable to check how the "wound" heals and if the postop resolution has been as expected, and give some advice for future lifestyle. More? Ask Doc face to face, and don't leave related doubts in mind. Best wish ... ...Read more

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Is it allowed to flight in the first trimester of the pregnancy (week 9)?

Is it allowed to flight in the first trimester of the pregnancy (week 9)?

Yes: In general most flights are fine in the first trimester. A slight risk of blood clot in the legs for flights over 8 hours, but you can lower that risk by using compression hose or exercising your calf muscle or getting up and stretching a few times. ...Read more

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After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

After inguinal hernia surgery is the pain worse the next day?

Incisional pain: You are experiencing incisional pain which can last a few days after surgery. It should settle down in a few days as will the swelling that is expected after surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period following gallbladder removal?

What is the recovery period following gallbladder removal?

As short as 1 day.: If there are no complications following surgery, many patients can be discharged and go home the same day as their surgery. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after laparoscopic surgery for exotic pregnancy tubal removal inside and out?

What is the recovery time after laparoscopic surgery for exotic pregnancy tubal removal inside and out?

Depends: Total recovery time for laparoscopic surgery varies but usually ranges from 1-2 weeks depending on the patient. Many women resume their daily activities within the first week of recovery. Factors such as your overall health, your support system at home, and your age will also be factors in your recovery. Follow up visits with your doctor are very important. ...Read more

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Is the first period after miscarriage different?

Is the first period after miscarriage different?

Unknown: It's hard to say what the first period after a miscarriage will be like. It's possible that it'll be heavier; it's possible that it'll be lighter. But what's more important is that you have one and it can take two months for one to come. ...Read more

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What is the reason of swelling of the the wound which got during the operation of delivery after changing the band?

What is the reason of swelling of the the wound which got during the operation of delivery after changing the band?

C Surgeon.: Swelling of an incision line after any type of surgical procedure should be evaluated by the surgeon. Although the swelling may be part of the “normal” healing process, it may also be a sign of a complication such as bleeding, fluid accumulation (seroma) or infection. Best to be seen by your surgeon for accurate diagnosis, advice and/or reassurance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will a barium test show all of the stool in the small and large intestines? Is it typical to have one performed weeks before the first colonoscopy?

Will a barium test show all of the stool in the small and large intestines? Is it typical to have one performed weeks before the first colonoscopy?

No and no: Barium is a contrast agent which helps the visualization of the bowel during X-ray studies. When given as an enema, it helps for large bowel(colon) examination.Orally, it can help for small bowel evaluation. Neither route is useful for imaging BOTH large and small bowel.If the patient has taken proper bowel preparation measures, there is in fact no stool in the bowel to degrade the visualization. ...Read more

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What to eat within the first week of having gastric bypass surgery?

What to eat within the first week of having gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass diet: Nothing but clear liquids (sugar free juice, water, broth) and protein drinks (low carb, low sugar). ...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 on thursday and after having my first bowel movement, it was bloody. Should I be concerned?

I had a appendectomy on thursday and after having my first bowel movement, it was bloody. Should I be concerned?

Piles?: May be due to piles and hard stool motion, but please consult your surgeon if persists or painful stool passage. Keep stools soft with mild laxatives ...Read more

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I went through appendectomy 2 weeks ago (laparoscopy). I still have a huge bruise in my belly, have been having severe abdominal pain since 3 days ago. The pain is just like the one before the surgery, first it is sharp and then it became dull. I was?

I went through appendectomy 2 weeks ago (laparoscopy). I still have a huge bruise in my belly, have been having severe abdominal pain since 3 days ago. The pain is just like the one before the surgery, first it is sharp and then it became dull. I was?

See surgeon: I'm certain that the surgeon who performed your procedure would want to be informed of these postoperative symptoms. They could signify complications like postoperative leakage of blood or early abscess formation. Get examined. ...Read more

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I had an appendectomy 6 days ago, and for the first few days I had very solid and dark stool. But recently it’s become very watery and yellow loose st?

I had an appendectomy 6 days ago, and for the first few days I had very solid and dark stool. But recently it’s become very watery and yellow loose st?

Change in bowels: A slight change in bowel habits is expected after surgery. This should settle down with time. Try eating yogurt and foods that will restore the bacteria flora to the colon. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I had laparoscopic appendectomy done about 2 weeks ago everything went perfectly I was able to walk the next day . Now 2 weeks later I first had green stool and now I am having steady diarrhea, and little bit of nausea. Should I be concerned ?

I had laparoscopic appendectomy done about 2 weeks ago everything went perfectly I was able to walk the next day . Now 2 weeks later I first had green stool and now I am having steady diarrhea, and little bit of nausea. Should I be concerned ?

Diarrhea: Pain? May be c difficle after antibiotics. Would speak to the doctor and ask about using Flagyl an antibiotic for C difficile also add probiotics to you diet . Also consider regular gastrointestinal pathogens if you have been eating out and your gall bladder. . ...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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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

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How long does an appendectomy take?

How long does an appendectomy take?

Varies: Depends if it is open or laparoscopic surgery. Usually surgery would be under an hour unless there is a lot of internal scarring or internal infection making surgery take longer. ...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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What are common complications of appendectomy?

And others: Less common problems can include bleeding, anesthesia related problems, and leak at the colon site where the appendix was removed. These are much less likely than infection after appendectomy. The earlier that appendicitis is diagnosed and treated the less likely you are to have complications from surgery. ...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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Is it normal to have pain after an appendectomy?

Sometimes yes: How long ago was your appendectomy? Depending on this answer, pain after this operation could be infection, adhesions, or hernia. Or it could be just healing surgical wound. You should speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

How long after and appendectomy till i can swim ?

Varies: Depends somewhat if it was open or laparoscopic surgery. Each surgeon will have their own instructions. In my patients i tell them to wait a week after surgery before swimming & to limit the time in the water to less than 30 mminutes at first to watch for any irritation or reaction at the incision. Ask your surgeon for their directions. ...Read more

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Could i elect to be awake during an appendectomy?

Could i elect to be awake during an appendectomy?

You really don't ...: Want to be. Whether performed openly or laparoscopically, appendectomy is an intra-abdominal operation most frequently performed under general anesthesia. Most appendectomies these days are performed laparoscopically. For such a procedure, the abdominal wall must be relaxed and the patient's ventilation controlled, leading to the choice of general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Please help! what happens during an appendectomy?

Appendix removed: Appendix can be removed open or with a laparoscope, surgeon accesses the appendix through a larger incision if open or several small incisions if laparoscopic. A camera allows the surgeon to see inside your abdomen to guide the instruments. The appendix is removed. After the appendix is removed, the small incisions are cleaned, closed, and dressed. ...Read more

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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