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Surgical Services

Pre-Op Info >> Appendectomy


Posted On: 2011-12-19


These are guidelines to follow post operatively.  Please refer to the hospital discharge instructions given to you for any additional instructions.


  • Return to normal pre-operative diet as soon as possible.



  • Resume any regular medications, unless otherwise instructed.
  • If needed, a prescription for pain medication can be provided.



  • Proper activity promotes healing, return of muscle tone and less pain with movement.
  • Walk indoors/outdoors as much as possible.
  • May go up and down stairs.
  • Take frequent rest periods – fatigue and tiring easily are normal following surgery.
  • Avoid extreme lifting, exercising, straining, heavy house and yard work for 4-6 weeks unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.
  • Avoid straining/constipation.  If constipation occurs, use a laxative known to work for you or take 1 to 2 oz. of Milk of Magnesia to help bowels move.
  • The doctor will discuss return-to-work/school dates.
  • Call the office for follow-up appointment(s) as instructed.



  • Sutures/staples (if present) will be removed in the office.
  • Shower daily. Cleanse incision using regular soap and water following the line of incision and dry well afterwards.
  • Avoid soaking in the bathtub unless OK'd by the doctor.
  • Leave the incision open to air as much as possible.



  • Minimal to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medication.
  •  Minimal swelling & redness.
  • Little or no drainage, unless a drain was used, and then you may expect minimal to moderate bloody drainage for 1-2 weeks.



  • Excessive bleeding or drainage occurs.
  • Excessive swelling or redness at wound site.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting, severe abdominal bloating with no passage of gas.

IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  


A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019



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