You have had a laparoscopic appendectomy to remove your appendix. The appendix is a worm-shaped hollow pouch attached to your large intestine. During your procedure, the doctor made 2 to 4 small incisions. One was near your bellybutton, and the others were elsewhere on your abdomen. Through one incision, the doctor inserted a thin tube with a camera attached (laparoscope). Surgical tools were inserted in the other incisions.
While you recover you may have discomfort in your shoulder and chest for up to 48 hours after surgery. This is common. It is caused by gas (carbon dioxide) used during the operation. It will go away.
Resume light activities around your home as soon as possible.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds until your doctor says it’s OK.
Limit sports and strenuous activities for 1 or 2 weeks.
Shower as usual:
Gently wash around your incisions with soap and water.
Don’t bathe or soak in a tub until your incisions are well healed.
Wear loose-fitting clothes. This will help you be more comfortable and cause less irritation around your incisions.
Don’t drive until you are no longer taking prescription pain medication.
Eat a bland, low-fat diet, such as:
Well-cooked soft cereals
Plain toast or bread, crackers
Macaroni (plain or with cheese)
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, unless directed otherwise.
If you are constipated, take a fiber laxative such as Metamucil.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Swelling, oozing, worsening pain, or unusual redness around the incision
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Increasing abdominal pain
Severe diarrhea, bloating, or constipation
Nausea or vomiting