Reasons for Procedure
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- Damage to other organs
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Blockage of the bowel
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood and urine tests
- Imaging studies of the abdomen may be done to find the appendix and look for evidence of infection or inflammation, including:
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
- Rest, and take it easy for 1-2 weeks.
- Do not exercise or do heavy lifting for 1 or more weeks as directed by your doctor.
- Gradually increase activities as approved by your doctor.
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
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Passing blood in the stool
American College of Surgeons http://www.facs.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Association of Gastroenterology http://www.cag-acg.org
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Appendectomy. American College of Surgeons website. Available at: https://www.facs.org/~/media/files/education/patient%20ed/app.ashx. Updated 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Appendicitis in adolescents and adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 27, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Patient information for laparoscopic appendectomy surgery from SAGES. Society of American Gastroenterolotical and Endoscopic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.sages.org/publications/patient-information/patient-information-for-laparoscopic-appendectomy-from-sages. Accessed December 1, 2014.
6/2/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, et al. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.
3/23/2015 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Short V, Herbert G, Perry R, et al. Chewing gum for postoperative recovery of gastrointestinal function. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015;2:CD006506.
- Reviewer: Donald Buck, MD
- Review Date: 11/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/23/2015 -