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Why am I having gas pain after appendectomy?

Why am I having gas pain after appendectomy?

Normal: It is normal for the intestines to be bit uncoordinated after an abdominal operation with general anesthesia. This can cause some bloating, and eventually that all has to come out. There is nothing specific related to the appendectomy and "gas". Hope this helps! ...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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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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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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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

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What am I not supposed to do after an appendectomy?

Follow the direction: From your surgeon. Usually no heavy physical labor or heavy exercises for a few weeks. Bathe & shower when ok with your surgeon. Best to eat light foods & drink more liquids early after surgery. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing pain, fever, recurrent vomiting, wound redness or drainage. Do not take narcotic pain medications more than prescribed. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from appendectomy?

How long does it take to recover from appendectomy?

Depends: If you had a laparoscopic surgery for your appendectomy and your appendix was not ruptured with abscess, you will recover quickly (5-8 days). Larger inciisions, and more advanced disease of the appendix could lay you up for 1-2 wks. ...Read more

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How long after an appendectomy can you lift weights?

Best to wait 30 days: If the appendectomy was done using a minimally invasive technique like laraoscopy, I advise no weight training for 3 weeks after surgery. If the surgery was done open, I advise no weight training or heavy work for 6 weeks. This assumes there were no wound complications from the original procedure. ...Read more

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How bad is the pain associated with an appendectomy?

How bad is the pain associated with an appendectomy?

Post operative pain: Pain after surgery, or post operative pain is expected and treated in several ways. First line therapy is narcotic pain meds. The pain should take a pattern of decreasing over 5 to 10 days. A pain scale is often used and subjective rank from the patient should be 4-6 out of 10. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after an appendectomy?

Not long: That depends on the type of appendectomy done. If it was done laparoscopically you may feel back to normal within a couple of days. If you needed a larger incision it could take weeks to a few months depending on the type of incision. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Gf is embarrassed about appendectomy, how to help her?

More Details?: What is she embarrassed about? The scar? I am not sure of your question. If the scar is unsightly, it can be 'revised' or removed surgically and reclosed to try to make it 'less unsightly'. Not sure what you are asking? ...Read more

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What are some normal symptoms after having an appendectomy?

None: Most patients have no residual symptoms after a 'routine' appendectomy. Post surgical symptoms, if any, are more likely to occur after 'complicated' appendicitis, such as with perforations of the appendix. ...Read more

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If I get an appendectomy, is remaining awake a possibility?

Yes: Deep anesthesia is not needed. All that is required is that the area by pain free so that the appendix can easily be removed. This would probably be done by laparoscopic surgery with the anesthesiologist using a caudal anesthetic, similar to a spinal, where an anesthetic agent is given by needle to the tissue around the spinal cord numbing the lower belly wall. ...Read more

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How long does the wound heal from inside after appendectomy?

Wound healing: Wound healing is a process occurring over a period of 8 months to a year. For optimal healing (strength of at least 75% of original wound) it takes up to 8 months. For normal healing and normal activities- 6 weeks is safest. If you had a ruptured appendix requiring the wound to be left open- it may take 6-8 weeks to granulate. Your surgeon may also elect to secondarily close after 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an appendectomy to heal internally?

Unclear: When the appendix is removed laparoscopically, the base of the appendix is secured, either by a loop tie with suture, or by stapler. Although somewhat controversial, the stapled closure of the base of the appendix is thought to have advantages over the loop ligature, however whether there is added security from subsequent leaks from the stump has not been definitely answered. ...Read more

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How much time before I can practice again after appendectomy?

How much time before I can practice again after appendectomy?

It depends: I assume you're talking about sport practice. If the appendectomy was done laparoscopically, a motivated patient can get back to vigorous activity in 5 to 10 days. If done openly, it might be a month or more. Listen to your body -- if you do something, and it hurts, your body is saying it's too soon. If it doesn't hurt, go ahead. The best person to ask would be the surgeon who did the operation. ...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