Just had an appendectomy. Any advice?

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    Jan 11, 2015 11:16 AM GMT
    Was just released from the hospital and am beginning "Day 3". On Tylenol 3. Haven't farted or crapped yet.

    Update: I finally farted! Thank God. I felt like a helium blimp. Thanks to all who emailed me well wishes btw. Did not expect that.
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    Jan 11, 2015 1:24 PM GMT
    You will... stool softeners can help.... lots of liquid... my partner just went through this last summer... he was 'ok' for the first few days and then it hit him a bit harder once all the meds were gone... rest worked for him just fine....
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    Jan 11, 2015 4:41 PM GMT
    Had mine the third day of swim practice in college, after mistaking it for too strenuous a workout, and spent a week in the hospital; that's how things were in 1970. Whatever you do, don't strain yourself, for risk of reopening the wound, which does happen. In 3 months, if not before, you'll be fine. Heal happy!
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    Jan 11, 2015 5:17 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidWas just released from the hospital and am beginning "Day 3". On Tylenol 3. Haven't farted or crapped yet.


    I'm surprised they released you. Wishing you health, farts and crap! ;)
  • vbbri

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    Jan 11, 2015 5:20 PM GMT
    Had mine out a year and half ago by laproscopy. Surprised you were released from what you said, being able to pass gas and defecate was a requirement for release. Although I was not running races, I was up and walking slowly whenever possible and needed nothing for pain. Back to work easily a week later. Cannot even see the incision points at this point. Relax, do not over do it, but also keeping adding to your movement everyday for faster recovery. Drank lots of liquids and ate normally even that day of the surgery.
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    Jan 11, 2015 5:39 PM GMT
    If it was done laparoscopically and not ruptured it's normal to go home within 24 hours regardless of bowel function.
    Your recovery completely depends on whether or not it was ruptured and if you had an open operation or not. And if open what kind of incision did they make?
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    Jan 11, 2015 5:41 PM GMT
    You have suffered a loss. Take time to grieve properly for the loss of your friend the appendix. You will find looking things up will be a problem at first but your body has away of coping and should be back in the swing of things in no time.
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    Jan 11, 2015 5:46 PM GMT
    Read your post operative discharge instructions and consider calling the doctor's office on monday. If you can't wait that long, call the answering service and page the doctor on call. If you feel this is a true medical emergency, dial 9/11 or have a friend drive you to the nearest emergency room.

    Why on earth would you long onto RealJock for medical advice?
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    Jan 11, 2015 6:00 PM GMT
    ^ Because sometimes people like you give good advice.
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    Jan 11, 2015 7:42 PM GMT
    You bowels are being inhibited by the narcotic in tylenol # 3 Pain should be tolerable not to take it anymore, bowels should wake up soon Also an "ileus" post op is
    not too unusual, increase your physical activity as well within reason, as activity onhte outside helps activity on the inside
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    Jan 11, 2015 7:43 PM GMT
    CLTMike46 saidRead your post operative discharge instructions and consider calling the doctor's office on monday. If you can't wait that long, call the answering service and page the doctor on call. If you feel this is a true medical emergency, dial 9/11 or have a friend drive you to the nearest emergency room.

    Why on earth would you long onto RealJock for medical advice?


    Thanks. Yeah, I wasn't really looking for "official medical advice" on here but mainly wanted to hear what others experienced so I could get an idea what to expect over the next few days.

    The whole experience was unreal. The doctors/nurses were all set on this being a "routine surgery" and even stated that the lap version that I was getting rarely warranted an overnight stay. One nurse said, "I'm surprised they admitted you for this." The surgeon actually said "if we get it out of you by noon, you could be at home by 5pm". The discharge instructions literally say: "No discharge instructions". I had to call them to ask about when I should shower, what to do with the wounds, how long to take the medicine for. They said, "no special diet" yet every online forum people have said that you should eat bland, light food, higher in fiber and plenty of water slowly introducing solid food.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 11, 2015 8:06 PM GMT
    In 1978, when I lived in Minneapolis, I had appendectomy on a Friday night, was walking by early Saturday afternoon, went home Sunday afternoon, and back to work Monday morning.

    About 3:00 AM, I was able to walk to the bathroom under my own power. I had the nurse put the IV on a stand with wheels. To get out of bed, I had the nurse crank it up all the way then hold her arm up so that I could get fully upright without straining my abdominal muscles. Then, I was able to get onto my feet and walk very slowly to the bathroom, pulling the IV stand behind me.

    I would have been walking Saturday morning except for the IV. Once the nurse took the IV out of my arm, I walked up and down the hall several times, very slowly, and was completely shot when I went back to bed. A couple hours later, I did it again and it was easy. I even went up and down the stairs and chinned myself on a door, being careful not to tighten my abdominal muscles.

    Sunday morning, I rebelled when they gave me only three cubes of gelatin for breakfast. I said, "If you don't give me more to eat, I'll walk to the restaurant on the corner, and you know that I can do it!!". So, they gave me some oatmeal. I was determined to leave the hospital that afternoon, but I had more work to do before I could do it.

    Getting in and out of a chair was still difficult, so I did it over and over until it because easier. When the doctor arrived, I was in the lounge. I quickly stood up, quickly walked over to him, and told him that I was ready to leave. He told me that perhaps I could, but he wanted to examine me first. He did, and discharged me.

    I took a taxi back to my condo. I had a suitcase with me because I was planning a trip just before the attack. While a couple residents watched me, I carried my suitcase upstairs and to my unit. They were quite surprised because they had intended to visit me at the hospital that afternoon. Monday morning I went back to work. Two weeks later, I was running again.

    How quickly you will recover depends on how hard you work on recovery. The surgeon told me about a swimmer who entered a meet less than 24 hours after having an appendectomy. He wasn't surprised that I left the hospital so soon, but the nurses and other people were.

    Do not baby yourself. Unless there are complications, it should be possible to leave the hospital and resume most normal activities within three days of the surgery. Just be careful not to strain your abdominal muscles too soon.
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    Jan 11, 2015 9:36 PM GMT
    Radd said
    CLTMike46 said

    Why on earth would you long onto RealJock for medical advice?


    I don't see where he asked for advice. He merely made a statement.



    Right there in the subject

    "Just had an appendectomy. Any advice?"
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    Jan 12, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    When I had my procedure, I wasn't allowed to leave the hospital until I was able to both urinate and make a BM on my own. I was also given opiates for pain.Good times there. icon_razz.gif

    I would say take it slow and follow up with your Dr if things aren't progressing within a week.
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    Jan 12, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    I'm sure it was done via laparoscopy which is how we do 90% of them. You should be back at normal activity (including weights) within 10-14 days. The constipation you're having is likely a side effect of the codeine in Tylenol #3. Switch to Aleve, drink lots of water increase your fiber and I promise things will get back to normal. Call your doc for fever >100.5 or persistent vomiting.
  • LJay

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    Jan 12, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
    Liquids, at least some of them warm. Call the doctor. In such cases I usually just ask for the nurse. Explain that you are very uncomfortable and need to know what to do. If you feel you need to talk to someone before office hours just get on the phone and ask for your doctor or whoever is on call for him. No need to be bashful about asking for help.
  • juankgdney

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    Jan 12, 2015 2:52 AM GMT
    Dont speak too much or you'll get too much gas
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    Jan 12, 2015 3:18 AM GMT
    I had an emergency appendectomy in 1963, long before you were born. And so the medical experiences I had are obsolete and no longer apply. Although I can share lots of silly stories about it with you - I have a story for every occasion. icon_biggrin.gif

    But what I can say, that still applies, is just go easy. Don't rush.

    This is the time when you pamper yourself. You're entitled. Same with any internal surgery.

    Your body wants to rest & heal. Let it. It was only your little appendix, but your whole body feels it. In ways I don't understand.

    So just kick back, don't do anything physical (I'm sure they told you about not lifting heavy objects), and take a well-deserved break! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 12, 2015 3:54 AM GMT
    woodfordr saidWas just released from the hospital and am beginning "Day 3". On Tylenol 3. Haven't farted or crapped yet.


    Tragic !!
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    Jan 12, 2015 11:27 PM GMT
    Rest, rest and rest.

    Don't tear those stitches icon_razz.gif
  • tj85016

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    Jan 13, 2015 8:25 PM GMT
    When I was 10 (1967) I had horrible abdominal pains, Dad took me to the doctor. Doctor ordered emergency appendectomy at Valley Hospital in Ridgewwod, NJ (a "great" hospital in suburban NY).

    During prep for surgery they gave me an enema. I was cured. It was gas. Surgery cancelled.

    True story and my trust in doctors plummeted ever since.
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    Jan 19, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidWas just released from the hospital and am beginning "Day 3". On Tylenol 3. Haven't farted or crapped yet.

    Update: I finally farted! Thank God. I felt like a helium blimp. Thanks to all who emailed me well wishes btw. Did not expect that.

    I was waiting for this!!!!!!!!!!