Your doctor removed your appendix either by making many small cuts,
called incisions, in your belly (laparoscopic surgery) or through open surgery.
In open surgery, the doctor makes one large incision. The incisions leave scars
that usually fade over time.
After your surgery, it is normal to
feel weak and tired for several days after you return home. Your belly may be
swollen and may be painful. If you had laparoscopic surgery, you may have pain
in your shoulder for about 24 hours.
You may also feel sick to
your stomach and have diarrhea, constipation, gas, or a headache. This usually
goes away in a few days.
Your recovery time depends on the type of
surgery you had. If you had laparoscopic surgery, you will probably be able to
return to work or a normal routine 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. If you had an
open surgery, it may take 2 to 4 weeks. If your appendix ruptured, you may have
a drain in your incision.
will work fine without an appendix. You will not have to make any changes in
your diet or lifestyle.
This care sheet gives you a general idea
about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a
different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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