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After an Appendectomy

After an Appendectomy

Most patients recover quickly after appendectomy. You will likely be in the hospital for 1–2 days. If your appendix burst you may stay longer. After you return home, plan on a follow-up visit to the doctor in 1–2 weeks, or as instructed.


In the Hospital
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You will start walking very soon after surgery. Walking helps you recover faster and helps prevent complications.

In most cases, you will drink liquids and walk on the day of the surgery. You will also receive pain medication. To help keep your lungs clear, you may be taught breathing exercises.

Back at Home

To help control pain from surgery, take your medications as directed. Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, and driving until your surgeon says it is OK. As instructed, slowly resume your normal activities in 7–10 days.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Swelling, oozing, worsening pain, or unusual redness around the incision

  • Fever (over 101.5°F or 38.5°C)

  • Worsening abdominal pain

  • Severe diarrhea, bloating, or constipation

  • Nausea or vomiting



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