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
- 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.
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 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
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/12/2014 -