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Appendectomy - Post Operative Care

► Normal activity can be started in a few days but full recovery takes 4-6 weeks.

► The open procedure leaves a scar on the lower right side of the abdomen. This is normal and the scar fades over time. In girls the cut is so made that the scar hides below their inner wear.

► Scarring from laparoscopic appendectomy is minimal.

If the patient undergoes operation for a ruptured appendix then the recovery time is longer, as infection must be treated.

► The drain remains till the pus or fluids stops draining.

► IV antibiotics are given throughout the stay.

► After discharge oral antibiotics are given, and the patient is instructed to take proper care of the drain and gauge pack.

► It is important for the patient to note any increase in pus or infection and report to the surgeon immediately.

Advice on Discharge is usually rest for a week or two with a few pain killers and sometimes an extended course of antibiotics.

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Frank_73 

If a patient is having a high grade fever at the same time wheezes due to history of asthma but oxygen saturation is 99% on 2L/min via nasal prong. Which should be dealt first? my ineffective breathing pattern or fever"? Whaat can fever do with regards to my acute appendicitis?

sparky43 

how long should the durabond stay on the incesions?

LeoRa 

Are there any contra indications for an appendectomy?

ramkk 

good.

Erni93 

Is it true that swallowing types of seeds can cause appendicitis? Or if so, is it really really rare and I shouldn't worry about it?

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