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Effects of an appendectomy on abdominal muscles

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I had an appendectomy about nine or ten years ago. I did not have appendicitis but the doctor thought I did. For the past four years I have been trying to harden my stomach (I'm not fat. 5'8'', 128). No matter what I try, I can't succeed. My cousin also had the same problem after his appendectomy (he had appendicitis). Will I always have this problem? I want to harden my stomach.

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replied August 4th, 2010
Appendix and Appendicitis Answer A14957
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know whether an appendectomy affects the strengthening of the abdominal muscles.

During an appendectomy certain of the abdominal muscles are cut so that the surgeon can reach the appendix. Later on, this cut fibrous tissue is built and it connects the two parts of the muscles. This fibrous tissue usually doesn't affect the exercises of the abdominal muscles, but sometimes it may become a spot where a hernia may appear, usually in cases of increased abdominal pressure.

According to the data that you described, you experienced an appendectomy several years ago. When exercising, the muscles can become toned and well- shaped, but never too hard. Exercise your abdominal muscles, but avoid weight lifting to prevent getting an incisional hernia.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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