Appendectomy -- Open Surgery
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
- Your doctor may need detailed pictures of your appendix. These can be made with:
- CT scan
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Pain medications
- Antibiotics to prevent infection
- Medication to prevent blood clots
- Getting out of bed and moving around within 24 hours of your surgery
- You may be given antibiotics to fight infection. Take all the medications ordered 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. Slowly increase activities as approved by your doctor.
- Do not exercise or do heavy lifting for one or more weeks as directed by your doctor.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Increased redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
- Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
- Increased abdominal pain
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- 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
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Update Date: 12/13/2013 -