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I had an open appendectomy performed in November 2010. After the surgery I've had a to the upper portion of the back of my leg. I'm wondering if this is normal in any way? I know numbness on the surgical site is to be expected but I've searched and searched and couldn't find anything that mentioned numbness in those areas after an appendectomy.

I'm assuming it's sciatic nerve damage but what I'm trying to find out is, if this is something that happens after an open appendectomy, will I regain the feeling? And if this isn't something that usually happens, is it due to malpractice?

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replied January 28th, 2011
Appendix and Appendicitis Answer A19060

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

From the history provided, the effects that you have had post surgery appear to be unusual.

A physical examination for any associated motor defects and Conducting a nerve conduction study to check for activity of the nerve will be the further steps to know the exact cause of your numbness.

You might consider to consult your doctor for the same.

I hope you find the information here helpful.

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