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Intravenous fluids and antibiotics will be started right away. Since appendicitis is an emergency condition, surgery is almost always done as soon a possible after the diagnosis is made.
will be used. You will be asleep, with a temporary breathing tube in place.
Description of the Procedure
Three small incisions will be made in your abdomen. A
(small tool with a camera on the end) will be passed through an incision. Gas will be blown into your abdomen to make it easier for the doctor to see. Other tools will be inserted into the incisions. The camera will send images of your insides to a video screen. The doctor will use these images to find and remove the appendix.
The appendix will be detached from surrounding tissue. The doctor will stop any bleeding from blood vessels. The appendix will then be tied off and cut out. The incisions will be closed with stitches or staples.
The removed tissue is examined by a pathologist.
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
Average Hospital Stay
You may go home on the same day, if the surgery was routine. If infection, rupture, or other complications happen the stay will be longer.
At the Hospital
You will be asked to get out of bed about six hours after surgery.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
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
Recovery takes about 1-2 weeks.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
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.
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