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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!

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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How long after a laparoscopic appendectomy can I go back to work?

Depends on the work: If my patients do heavy work, like construction or warehousing, I restrict them for about 2-4 weeks. If they do supervisory, office or professional type work, they may return to work when them feel well. On average this is about a week or two.

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Just wondering if I can go back to work at my desk job after a week after appendectomy?

Usually Yes: Everyone has a different tolerance for pain and recovery. Usually for my patients that undergo laparoscopic appendectomy, they can return to work as soon as they can perform their job safely and up to the expectations of their employer. Usually this is between 3-14 days. My only restriction is no heavy lifting over 15lbs for 2 weeks. Speak with your surgeon to see if he/she has any restrictions.

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How many days will it take before I can return to work after an appendectomy?

How many days will it take before I can return to work after an appendectomy?

Depends: That depends on if the surgery was done laparoscopically or through an incision, and on what type of work you do. Most people go back to work sooner after laparoscopic appendectomy, within 1-2 weeks, but lifting no more than 5 lb for 6-8 weeks. After "open" surgery, folks can return to work 2-3 weeks later, but no lifting, as above.

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I work in care and do a lot of lifting how long before I can return to work after an appendectomy?

2 to 4 weeks: It depends on how the appendectomy was performed. If it was done laparoscopically, I let my patients resume normal activity in 2 weeks. If done open through a muscle splitting incision like a rocky-davis incision, the 4weeks. Ask your surgeon.

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I am a RN on a med/surg unit. How soon can/should I return to work after lap appendectomy?

It depends.: What did your surgeon say? I tell all my patients not to lift anything more than 20 lbs for 6 wks postop. I'm probably more conservative than most surgeons in that regard, but I also tell my patients that the reason is to reduce your risk of getting an incisional hernia. But if they get one because of straining too much, I'll be happy to fix it.

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I had a lap appendectomy on October 15th. I work in a coal mine and routinely lift 30 to 50 pound occasionally. When can I return to work?

4 Weeks: I think since you lift heavy objects routinely I would recommend 4 weeks. Be sure to ease into it as well to make sure you're don't over do it the first few days.

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How long after getting a laparoscopic appendectomy can I return to work?

1-2 weeks: Depends on job? Lifting heavy items! You may want to wait a month. Small port sites usually do not herniate but better to avoid. Standard jobs, your business, may start when you have no pain, or pain meds beyond tylenol (acetaminophen).

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I'm 27/f. Had emergency appendectomy 2 mo ago. Was back at work 6 days later. Now for last week diarrhea and lost 4lbs so now 125. Surgery related?

Diarrhea after appy: Diarrhea 2 months after an appendectomy is unlikely to be surgery related. Diarrhea can result after a large amount of colon is removed but generally not after an appendectomy, which removes a small tube-like structure from the cecum. Diarrhea is most commonly due to an infectious etiology (virus or bacterial). If the diarrhea is persistent or severe, it is best to see a doctor.

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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.

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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.

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It has been six months since my appendectomy and I still have yet to gain my weight back. 155 preop, now at about 130 and still have digestion issues?

Need some evaluation: It's unusual to have ongoing symptoms this long after appendectomy, if it was uncomplicated. If it was complicated by perforation or abscess, it may take some time to get back to baseline. However, you should see your primary doc for further evaluation to be sure nothing else is going on. Make sure you see the pathology from the appendectomy too!

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How long is recommended before returning to work after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

How long is recommended before returning to work after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Depends: What work do you do? If it were a straight forward surgery without a lot of infection, one may be able to go back to work in about a week or so. Do not want to do heavy lifting work until released by your surgeon in possibly 4-6 weeks.

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How many days will it take to carry on routine day to day work and office work after an appendectomy?

If it is: Uncomplicated appendectomy, about 7-10 days. But it really depends on your body habitus, type of work, how badly infected was your appendix, and many other factors. Ask your surgeon for details.

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Hello my husband has had a laparoscopic appendectomy nearly 3 weeks ago his surgeon told him to go back for post op in 4-6weeks is this correct?

Appendectomy: If the surgery went well and your husband is feeling well then the follow up time is ok. But I agree the first post op follow up should be around 2 weeks.

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Had appendectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Bowels slowly going back to normal. Now have a fever. Is it related to the surgery or something else?

Had appendectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Bowels slowly going back to normal. Now have a fever. Is it related to the surgery or something else?

Impossible: To tell without physical exam and tests. It is a little late for post operative infection, but not entirely. Notify your surgeon, especially if fever is high or associated with any gi symptom.

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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