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Appendicitis After Care

Recovery from a simple appendectomy is usually complete and rapid. Most patients can go home the day after the operation, and resume normal activities.

The usual stay in the hospital after an appendectomy for an uncomplicated appendicitis is 1-3 days, depending on the age, other medical problems and physical condition of the patient. If the appendix is gangrenous or ruptured, the hospital stay may be 7 days or longer.

Movement- Right on the next day after the surgical intervention the patient is allowed to get up and slowly take a few steps through the hospital. Although it may seem like a torment for a just operated person, movement is essential for the resumption of the intestinal transit and will also prevent the occurrence of pneumonia by inhalation of digestive content.

Diet- To allow the digestive tract to rest after surgery, patients will not be given anything to eat or drink for the first 24 hours after an appendectomy. After that, they gradually will be given small amounts of water, then clear liquids, and then some solid foods, until finally they are able to handle a regular diet.

Medications- Patients usually are given a dose of antibiotic intravenously (into a vein) during surgery and the antibiotic is continued until the day after surgery. If the appendix ruptured, the patient will need to take antibiotics for a week or more.

Activity- Light activity at home is encouraged after surgery. The patient can expect to return to normal activities, such as showering, driving, walking up stairs, light lifting, and work within a few days. If he is taking narcotic medications for pain, he should not drive.

Be sure to call your doctor if any of the following symptoms appear:


 Worsening pain

 Redness or swelling around the incision

 The incision is warm to the touch

 Drainage from the incision

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My sister had appendix, the doctors operate her and discharged her after a week she found that she do have pains and have to go to hospital, the doctors find that she do have infection now its been a month and the doctors decide to discharge her again, they said they will give her instructions on how to clean the infection, the operation is not closed they said she can stay 3 to 4 months with this kind of situation, we are not sure what to do, whether we must hire a special doctor or what, please help
Nontombi Monday, February 23, 2015
Its been a week since my dads removal of his appendix and today he said he drank water and it was leaking out of his incision. What does that indicate ?
kenzielayne Saturday, October 12, 2013
This can indicate a number of things. Most likely he just has fluid in his peritoneum [abdominal cavity] that is forced out of the incision when the stomach expands. It could also be that the appendix was not ditched up properly but that is unlikely and would be accompanied with pain. I suggest you see your doctor/surgeon as soon as possible.
Gokanye Friday, November 8, 2013
My daughter had appendectomy 3 days ago and is doing pretty well. It was laproscopic and has 3 tiny incisions, one on her belly button and two more about 2 inches under. It was an emergency surgery and was sent home without follow up instructions, she has appointment to see the doctor in 3 weeks. They left small pieces of tape covering her wounds. And she now wants me to remove the tape and clean the wounds. What do ya think?
sandyc706 Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hi, I had my appendix out 1 month ago, I am still getting a persisting pain, been back to the doctor's and they said I need another two weeks off work, he felt my stomach where the pain was and I almost cried with pain, he said he was puzzled with why I was still feeling pain and said if the pain hurts when doing something 'don't do it', now does anyone know when I will feel better? Iam getting bored of not being able to do anything, I want to get back to work and back to competing horses. Any ideas anyone?
lanashaps Friday, July 26, 2013
Hope it wasn't done in Florida. Hate to say it, but it doesn't seem any doctor/surgeon knows what they are doing. After an appendix ruptures, nothing for 24 hrs. - then small water, clear liquids, and light solid foods. Activates after a wk., should be light walks and lifting, driving, showers,etc. But sorry to say, medical staff in Florida do NOT seem competent!
xena1953 Monday, August 5, 2013
please my sister is still having pains after the appendix operation she is feeling cold and she is very weak
expensive Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A friend 18 yrs old went in saturday for removeal. Appendix erupted with no toxins releasing but the surgeon cut thru a blood vessel. This youn lady is still in Joplin hospital, cut from top to bottom of belly,still in pain,running a fever of 103.1, hasnt eaten in days and the family hasnt been told any information about her condition. Does anybody have any suggestions ? Myself I wouldhv already moved her to the other hoapital .
Lisa66 Thursday, October 25, 2012
if i wanna have baby after operation how much time should i wait for pegnancy
pammi Thursday, September 6, 2012
How soon can I fly after having an appendix removed
Maurjay Monday, September 3, 2012
My cousin [17 years old] felt the pain of appendicitis and he was taken to the hospital although the pain was not that severe. Doctor diagnosed appendicitis and preferred an operation after 6 weeks. He was brought back home. Another doctor said that the inflammation is at initial stage and could be treated with medicines. My cousins's grandmother also got appendicitis and had more severe pain but the same doctor treated her with medicines and up till now, its been 12-13 years, she does not feel any kind of pain or complications. Same is the case with our another relative of the same family. CAN MEDICINES REALLY CURE IT IF IT IS IN STARTING STAGE??? PLEASE REPLY ME SOON. THANKYOU :) WAITING....
beyondyourthinking11 Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I had the same experience, when my appendix has just started swollen, My doctor's advice is for me to undergo surgery, for it's not curable by medicine, so I agreed, i undergo operation just last week 08/22/2012 .. better have it removed that feel sorry in the future.
Chelle_Santiago24 Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Surgery is most preferred way by most doctors, because appendicitis can cause complications and they can become life threatening.
thedoc Tuesday, September 18, 2012
yes i would also recommend a surgery since the risks of retaining an inflamed appendix are too great. Also you would like to consider that the appendix in humans has no significant function and the operation has a very low risk of complications
trm24 Thursday, February 28, 2013
I had my appendix taken out last Friday [5/25]. It's 5 days later and I still can't keep even a sip of water down. I am vomiting non-stop and have diarrhea. Actually that has pretty much stopped seeing that because I don't have food in my system I don't have anything to crap out of me. I just can't stop the vomiting / dry heaving. I had the worse Dr. on the planet. Seriously, these people shoved a breathing tube down my throat, jammed my upper lip all up on my face to where now I have complete numbness in my upper lip, it's swollen, and when I brush my teeth my entire mouth fills with blood because the inside of my mouth like my gums are raw. Anyway, should I wait it out another night or go into the E.R.? I feel like I am going to die. I hate this!!!! I just want to feel better!!!!!
deanne007 Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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