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Swollen after lap. appendectomy?

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Hi there!

I had a lap. appendectomy 9 days ago without complications and so far, I have recovered fairly well. I went to the Dr. to get my stitches removed on Monday (7 days post op) and he said everything looked fine, but I am still a bit concerned about my stomach. It doesn't hurt, but it seems swollen - not an awful lot, but just kinda like when you are bloated/constipated (which I am not). Is this normal? I was told that it is and that it will go down on it's own, but I just feel like it should have gone down by now?

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replied January 27th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum. I am glad that I can help you.

Post abdominal surgeries involving procedures on the intestines, it takes at least 48-72 hours for the normal gut motility to return. In addition the intestinal motility can be further delayed for a week or two in presence of inflammation during the healing process.

This may evident in individuals as early satiety, bloated sensation or decreased appetite, etc.

This is a transient phase and will subside on its own, depending on the ammount of rest provided for the gut to relax and heal. Early return to full activity and lack of proper rest will further delay the recovery.

Presence of fever, severe pain, inability to pass flatus, severe nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite are signs that should alert you to seek medical attention at the earliest.

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replied January 27th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum. I am glad that I can help you.

Post abdominal surgeries involving procedures on the intestines, it takes at least 48-72 hours for the normal gut motility to return. In addition the intestinal motility can be further delayed for a week or two in presence of inflammation during the healing process.

This may evident in individuals as early satiety, bloated sensation or decreased appetite, etc.

This is a transient phase and will subside on its own, depending on the ammount of rest provided for the gut to relax and heal. Early return to full activity and lack of proper rest will further delay the recovery.

Presence of fever, severe pain, inability to pass flatus, severe nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite are signs that should alert you to seek medical attention at the earliest.

I hope you find the information here helpful.



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