Reasons for Procedure
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- Damage to other organs
- Reaction to anesthesia
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood and urine tests
- X-rays —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of the inside of the body
- Ultrasound —a test that uses sound waves to find the appendix and other organs
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- You may resume your normal preoperative diet as soon as possible.
- You may be given antibiotics to fight infection. Take all the medicines your doctor gives you, even if you start to feel better.
- Keep the incision area clean and dry.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Wash your hands before changing the dressing.
- Rest, and take it easy for 1-2 weeks.
- Do not exercise or do heavy lifting for one or more weeks as directed by your doctor.
- Gradually increase activities as approved by your doctor.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision sites
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased abdominal pain
- Fainting or dizziness
- Passing blood in the stool
American College of Surgeons http://www.facs.org/
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org/
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfp.ca/
American College of Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.facs.org . Accessed July 22, 2009.
Discharge instructions for an appendectomy. EBSCO Patient Education Reference Center website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/pointOfCare/perc-about . Updated November 2008. Accessed July 22, 2009.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/30/2012 -