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A short incision will be made in the right lower abdomen. The doctor will be able to see the appendix through this cut. The appendix will be detached from surrounding tissue. The surgeon will stop any bleeding from blood vessels. The appendix will then be tied off and cut out. The incisions will then be closed with stitches or staples.
If the appendix has ruptured, a warm water solution mixed with antibiotics will be used to wash out the inside of the abdomen. A catheter will then be placed to drain any fluid that builds up. Sometimes, with a rupture, the surgeon will only close the muscle layers and leave the skin open. The open skin wound will then be packed with a moist gauze dressing.
The removed tissue is examined by a pathologist.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
Average Hospital Stay
You may be in the hospital for up to three days. If you have any problems, you may need to stay longer.
At the Hospital
Right after the procedure, you will be in a recovery room where your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be monitored. Recovery may also include:
Antibiotics to prevent infection
Medication to prevent blood clots
Getting out of bed and moving around within 24 hours of your surgery
If your appendix ruptured, drainage tubes will be removed after a few days.
Recovery takes about 4-6 weeks.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
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.
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