Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor may also give you more specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • Do not drive while taking pain medicine (narcotics).

  • Take medicine (stool softener) if you cannot poop (constipated).

  • Change your bandages (dressings) as told by your doctor.

  • Keep your wounds clean and dry. Wash the wounds gently with soap and water. Gently pat the wounds dry with a clean towel.

  • Do not take baths, swim, or use hot tubs for 10 days, or as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Continue your normal diet as told by your doctor.

  • Do not lift more than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) or play contact sports for 3 weeks, or as told by your doctor.

  • Slowly increase your activity.

  • Take deep breaths to avoid a lung infection (pneumonia).

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a rash.

  • You have trouble breathing or sharp chest pain.

  • You have a reaction to the medicine you are taking.

  • Your wound is red, puffy (swollen), or painful.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You have fluid coming from the wound for longer than 1 day.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or bandage.

  • Your wound breaks open after stitches (sutures) or staples are removed.

  • You have pain in the shoulders or shoulder blades.

  • You feel dizzy or pass out (faint).

  • You are short of breath.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You cannot control when you poop, or you lose your appetite.

  • You have watery poop (diarrhea).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.