|I had my appendix taken out 10 days ago. I went in for the follow up visit with the surgeon on Friday and he said it was gangrene. It did not rupture. I am a 35 year old female in excellent health- only prior operations were c-sections and tonsils. I never get sick! Telling me it was gangrene really bothered me. The doctor said pretty much the cause was just bad luck. I asked if anything else was gangrene that he noticed and he said no. I asked something else could be and he said I would be in a lot of pain if there was. Truthfully, I wasn't even in that much appendix pain -- so I must tolerate pain well. I am in such shock that I had something gangrene inside of me! So my questions are this:
How long does it take for something to become gangrene?
Should I follow up with more internal tests to make sure I have nothing else in there that is gangrene?
I was only in pain for a day prior to the surgery. If something else is gangrene will I only know at the very last minute? Or is there something I can do now?
Thanks for your help.
Well, I had pain for 2 days. I went to the emergency room and they took blood first and my white count was elevated, then I had to drink a ton of a nasty liquid so they can do a CT SCAN and that showed a very enlarged appendix. Afterward they performed the surgery. It didn't burst but results came back as gangrene. I'm still very nervous and I am hoping I get others to respond to my post-- so please if anyone has had the same experience please post!!
I do plan on seeing my regular doctor in two weeks but the more I learn about this the more questions I will be able to ask him.