After an Appendectomy
Most patients recover quickly after appendectomy. After you return home, plan on a follow-up visit to the doctor in
In the Hospital
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
Worsening abdominal pain
Severe diarrhea, bloating, or constipation
Nausea or vomiting