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Swollen abdomen after exercise post appendectomy


I had an laparoscopic appendectomy just over 2 months ago. It was a 2.5 hour operation, due to an abcess forming on my appendix. I was in hospital for a week after the op and had antibiotics afterwards.
It took a while, but after a month I was feeling better.

If I am on my feet for any length of time, my abdomen swells up.
It has been over 2 months, I only ever do gentle walking. I went to my local GP a few weeks ago, they just took my blood and told me it was ok.

Should my abdomen still be swelling up after such a long period? I used to run before this operation, but don't want to attempt running until I am able to walk without this happening!
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replied May 13th, 2011
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

Post surgical procedures on the intestines, it does take some time for the function to return to normal.

In your case the intestinal function of absorption of water might have been reduced, following the appendicular abscess and resultant peritonitis. This might be the bloating sensation that you might be having.

This can be controlled by OTC medications like Gas X or charcoal tablets.

In case this does not resolve soon, you may need a consultation with the operating surgeon for a review.

I hope this helps.

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