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Dr. David Earle
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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

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Dr. Steven Seres
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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


Dr. George Deitrick
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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Leonard Metildi
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Luginbuhl
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Buck Parker
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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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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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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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. ...Read more

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Appendectomy (Definition)

Appendectomy is also known as Removal of appendix. An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It can either be done through an open incision ...Read more


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