Recovery after Appenectomy

#24
Mine went on exercise: one of Harley St's finest was onto me in minutes (the joys of the TA). A week in the Cambridge and a week at home. Then back to work the next week and officers' PT (well croquet) the following weekend. Running happily the following week
 

StBob072

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#26
Diagnostic Laparoscopy rummage about and removal of appendix and adhesions

If I were you, I'd be spending the "light duties" recovery time delving into medical records and compiling a list of complaints about the twats who gave you wrong diagnoses. Even if you don't actually take action, you can write down what a bunch of cnuts they were and then set fire to it. :D
 
#27
Diagnostic Laparoscopy rummage about and removal of appendix and adhesions
OK, I'm a general surgery nurse. So your appendix was taken out laparoscopically and then the worked on the adhesions.

How many puncture sites are there?

Sutures or steri strips?

My patients usually get two weeks off work and return with a lifting restriction. Our doctors ain't big on pain meds and you'd go home with Tylenol 3 which is basically acetaminophen with 30 mg of codeine for pain control.

If the skin is red or hot to the touch, you have a problem.
 

StBob072

LE
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#28
OK, I'm a general surgery nurse. So your appendix was taken out laparoscopically and then the worked on the adhesions.

How many puncture sites are there?

Sutures or steri strips?

My patients usually get two weeks off work and return with a lifting restriction. Our doctors ain't big on pain meds and you'd go home with Tylenol 3 which is basically acetaminophen with 30 mg of codeine for pain control.

If the skin is red or hot to the touch, you have a problem.

So basically he needs to grip himself and stop malingering?
 
#29
So basically he needs to grip himself and stop malingering?
To be fair, i've just done a huge trump and dump and feel quite a lot more comfy

Apologies if thats too much info but its the reality of the situation!

I've 3 holes and they've been sealed with glue and synthetic skin so are well sealed and should heal very cleanly, I think. There is naturally a load of bruising which I did expect. I'm keen to avoid the painkillers where possible esp the codeine stuff as I know that can have a very adverse effect by bunging you up.
 
#30
If I were you, I'd be spending the "light duties" recovery time delving into medical records and compiling a list of complaints about the twats who gave you wrong diagnoses. Even if you don't actually take action, you can write down what a bunch of cnuts they were and then set fire to it. :D
This is already under consideration! The missus is absolutely raging at some of the wrong paths we've been up over the last 2 1/2 years
 
#31
OK, I'm just going by what I see at work. There is no way of knowing if it was your appendix causing the problem until a pathologist has a look at it. It sounds like the adhesions were the issue.

Have you had other abdominal surgeries?

Frankly, if it was your appi that was playing up, you'd have been dead by now.

We routinely admit people for inflamed appendix for a course of IV antibiotics, stabilize them and then bring them back for an elective remove the offending organ is then sent off to pathology .
 
#32
OK, I'm just going by what I see at work. There is no way of knowing if it was your appendix causing the problem until a pathologist has a look at it. It sounds like the adhesions were the issue.

Have you had other abdominal surgeries?

Frankly, if it was your appi that was playing up, you'd have been dead by now.

We routinely admit people for inflamed appendix for a course of IV antibiotics, stabilize them and then bring them back for an elective remove the offending organ is then sent off to pathology .
I was told after that the adhesions were surrounding the appendix. No other abdominal surgeries in the past though.
If I can recover within a 2 week timescale from flash to bang,which seems reasonable from yours and others advice I'll be very happy. I've got loads of stuff to be getting on with that I've had to put off in the meantime.
 
#33
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?
No idea, but put your feet up and milk it for all you can.



CFB
 
#35
5 days saw me up and around. Mind you, it was 38 years ago and I was 8.
Me too, and yes it was fifty-two years ago and I was nine. On my mum's birthday as well so we never got to the restaurant that dad had booked. Think I suffered more from that than from the ruptured appendix and operation.
 
#36
Talking to my Mum last night, and she reminded me of a couple of things I forgot: I had three stitches, but one of them went bad, somehow, and there was a minor infection. They had to drain the wound, and I was given a course of antibiotics which I had to take for about a week after I got home.

Fast forward three years, and my sister had the same procedure. No stitches this time (1983) they used some sort of spray adhesive.
 
#37
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?
Had mine removed when I was 11 years old, after weeks of being told it was a bladder infection. Took about 2 days before I could walk then the incision became infected, another operation and back to school about 3 weeks later.
 
#38
I had mine out on Xmas eve 1981 at QEMH, i got the git back on Xmas morning when he popped round to see how I was doing, I spewed on his shoes :)

I was off for a couple of weeks sick leave and light duties for another few, so just do as you are told and catch up on some movies/TV series/books while you can
 
#39
I had my appendix out in 2005, after the bloody thing had grumbled at me for a year or so - the grumbling was replaced by an exceptionally sharp pain and a severe localised ache. I was still serving at the time, but it happened whilst we were at the in-laws so I ended up going under the knife at Calow in Chesterfield. I thought I'd have been safe with the NHS, but the consultant was an RAMC Major.

After poking and prodding me, the good Major said "a bit of keyhole, and you'll be back on your feet in a few days".

The "keyhole" ended up as a foot long incision, the wound of which (as it later transpired) had not been '"packed out", I was sat in front of the telly a couple of days after the operation when around a pint of blood gushed (yes, GUSHED) out of my wound - I almost shit myself in terror.
Fortunately the M-I-L (a GP at the time) had a look at it and said: "Not to worry, it's only venous blood".
"Eh"
said I.
"Venous blood" she continued, "it's already been bled, which means that your wound hasn't been packed out - I'll be having f*cking words with that consultant tomorrow - oh and do try not to bleed on the couch or carpet, there's a good boy".

The "come down" from a diamorphine addiction, isn't as much fun as it sounds.

Given that Dr Death had hacked his way pretty much across my six-pack, it took around 6-8 weeks for the pain to go which allowed me to get back to work, and 3-4 months for me to be able to get back to strenuous activities
 

goodoldboy

MIA
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#40
Had my appendix out when I was 21. Felt alright after about 10 days, light physical work after three weeks and back to full fitness after six weeks.
 

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