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Recovery - laparoscopic appendix removal
Discussion in 'All Categories' started by Monika - Mar 4th, 2012 4:14 am.
Monika
Monika
Sir/Madam
How soon after the operation can I sleep on my tummy? thank you!
re: Recovery - laparoscopic appendix removal by Dr M.K. Gupta - Mar 5th, 2012 8:56 pm
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Dr M.K. Gupta
Dr M.K. Gupta
Dear Monika
Immediate post operative recovery involves an average of 2 days in hospital. 2 in 5 patients can go home late the next day after surgery. 8 patients of every 10 are home in 2 days. You will be able to sleep on your tummy for couple of hour after two days and gradually this time will increase.

One in 5 patients will only need tablets and not injections for postoperative pain relief. If injections are required about 2 are needed on average. Patients will be given as much pain relief as they request to make sure they are comfortable.

A low grade temperature is common in the first few days after surgery. The first few days at home should be taken very easily. The patient should have someone to help. Plenty of rest and fluids are advisable. Exercise your calf muscles to prevent clots. Oral pain relief may be needed, especially at night.

Graded recovery after appendicectomy over the next few weeks will occur. Gentle increasing exercise is helpful. Driving is permissible. Expect to tire easily. Bowel discomfort and some cramps are common. Return to normal activity occurs at about 2-3 weeks for many patients.

All patients should individually assess their recovery rate. Some may need more time off work than others and certificates will always be provided. It is important not to have intercourse for 6 weeks postoperative.

Please do not hesitate if you have any further query.

With regards
M.K. Gupta
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