Recovery after Appenectomy

#1
I had my appendix removed last Tuesday after 2 and a half years of agonising abdominal pain. Went from specialist to specialist until one eventally agreed it was probably not caused by IBS, diverticular disease, prostatitis, a damaged nerve or any of the other random guesses at diagnosis.
The appendix was found to be surrounded by adhesions which had to be removed before the appendix could be accessed.

My question is this, has anyone else had thier appendix removed and if so how long did your recovery take, how long til you were relatively pain free and able to move easily. At the moment, 4 days post op my right side where the offending item was is still very sore and I'm still annoyed that I am ery dependent on pain killers, fecking knackered and not progressing as quick as I'd hoped based on other accounts of peoples recovery. I do appreciate that at 47 yo I'm not as fit as I used to be, but I'm not a lazy couch potato either!
Any thoughts among the Arrse collective?
 
#3
Had one friend who was back to full phys in 6 weeks or so. However, Ned Junior wAs told no lifting for a month and take it easy for a minimum of 2. It was the better part of 6 months before he was back to his former routine.
 

greyfergie

MIA
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#4
It’s 4 days since someone used a scalpel and made a hole in you - it’s going to hurt for a bit - be patient ffs....

Or start running straight away....
 
#6
Don't forget, the appendectomy AND the work that removed the adhesions both have to heal. Be patient, old git :p
 

StBob072

LE
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#7
Don't forget, the appendectomy AND the work that removed the adhesions both have to heal. Be patient, old git :p
AND the general anaesthetic which you presumably had. Despite being much safer and faster recovery times these days, it can still leave you feeling a bit duff, especially when combined with the trauma to your insides.

Take it easy.
 

StBob072

LE
Book Reviewer
#8
Or if you prefer, you could jump up and down, wave yer knickers in the air and then collapse. :D
 

overopensights

ADC
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#9
In Hebei China last year, a 22 year old female worker left us one morning to go sick, she came back three days later and carried on. I asked what was wrong, she said 'Appendix taken out' she said she was a little sore but okay, however she had 'keyhole' surgery which may be somewhat different.
 
#10
I had my appendix removed last Tuesday after 2 and a half years of agonising abdominal pain. Went from specialist to specialist until one eventally agreed it was probably not caused by IBS, diverticular disease, prostatitis, a damaged nerve or any of the other random guesses at diagnosis.
The appendix was found to be surrounded by adhesions which had to be removed before the appendix could be accessed.

My question is this, has anyone else had thier appendix removed and if so how long did your recovery take, how long til you were relatively pain free and able to move easily. At the moment, 4 days post op my right side where the offending item was is still very sore and I'm still annoyed that I am ery dependent on pain killers, fecking knackered and not progressing as quick as I'd hoped based on other accounts of peoples recovery. I do appreciate that at 47 yo I'm not as fit as I used to be, but I'm not a lazy couch potato either!
Any thoughts among the Arrse collective?
You should be doing starjumps and knees to the chest by now. If not it just proves that you have a very low pain threshold.
 
#11
I had my appendix removed last Tuesday after 2 and a half years of agonising abdominal pain. Went from specialist to specialist until one eventally agreed it was probably not caused by IBS, diverticular disease, prostatitis, a damaged nerve or any of the other random guesses at diagnosis.
The appendix was found to be surrounded by adhesions which had to be removed before the appendix could be accessed.

My question is this, has anyone else had thier appendix removed and if so how long did your recovery take, how long til you were relatively pain free and able to move easily. At the moment, 4 days post op my right side where the offending item was is still very sore and I'm still annoyed that I am ery dependent on pain killers, fecking knackered and not progressing as quick as I'd hoped based on other accounts of peoples recovery. I do appreciate that at 47 yo I'm not as fit as I used to be, but I'm not a lazy couch potato either!
Any thoughts among the Arrse collective?

I've had a bit of abdominal surgery myself, and it's easy to think that once they've zipped you up it should be no worse than a bad paper-cut.

If you'd been stabbed in the guts, would you expect to be feeling fine 4 days later? It might have been done under anaesthetic with sterile instruments, but as @greyfergie says, someone made a hole in you. How long does it normally take you to heal if you accidentally cut yourself?

Make the most of a good excuse to take it easy while things repair themselves.
 
#20
In Hebei China last year, a 22 year old female worker left us one morning to go sick, she came back three days later and carried on. I asked what was wrong, she said 'Appendix taken out' she said she was a little sore but okay, however she had 'keyhole' surgery which may be somewhat different.
I had heard of a number of such miracle fast recoveries, I just don't think mine will be anywhere near as quick!
 

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