After surgery on appendix
March 8, 2013 6:32pm CST
My girlfriend just had an open appendectomy to treat her appendicitis a few days ago. She has to be taken good care of in order for her to recover sooner and without complication. Does any Mylotter has any advise on what she can do and cannot do now? Is there any particular food or medication that can boost the recovery rate? If anyone had done similar surgery before, would you mind tell me your current situation? Thanks in advance.
• United States
9 Mar 13
There aren't really any foods to avoid. She should just eat healthy foods. Good nutrition is very important for effective healing. She needs a good source of protein because our cells need lots of quality protein to repair themselves. For a while, she will just need to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous. She doesn't want to tear apart the healing before it is complete. Just take it slow and easy for a while and slowly add activities until she is fully recovered and it doesn't hurt any more. I hope she feels better soon!
14 Mar 13
That is basically what we have been doing though. We try to avoid her doing anything heavy and not to climb a lot of stairs. On diet itself, we did heard most people say that we should avoid all seafood except fish. This is because other seafood such as shrimp is actually quite poisonous. Not the type of poison that kills but it is not suitable for those with weak body and those after surgery which can cause certain complication to the incision.
9 Mar 13
Hi friend ! Good that she's okay now ! The only thing i can suggest is give him lost of fresh fruits to promote fast healing . She needs also to be up in bed and do some slow walking , this can promote blood circulations and prevent her from pneumonia complications.Let her take a bath everyday , good hygiene should be observed , that myth that if one is operated he should not take a bath is very wrong ! Hope i have contributed ! God bless !
9 Mar 13
I have not had appendectomy but I believe this is a major operation so just like other major operations, your girlfriend must complete the antibiotics prescribed by the doctor. Don't she ever stop taking antibiotics not unless the prescribed amount has been completed. Even if the wound outside looks healed it does not mean she should stop medication. The outside wounds heals first and faster but inside does not. She will regret it in the years to come if she did not complete the antibiotics unless her body could consume natural antibiotics that will heal the inner wound completely. But why take the chance? Just take all the prescription and be safe, okay? Also she should not subject herself to any forceful movement. Bed rest is required and then slowly go back to normal life but with some restrictions on movement and also on foods that will somehow deter the healing process. Taking lots Vitamin C rich foods is a must.
11 Mar 13
Full recovery from the said surgery of appendicectomy takes about 4-6 weeks like any other abdominal surgery. During this period, physical activity should be restricted for better tissue healing. What the patient needs to do is to keep the incision clear to promote healing and avoid infection. As any surgery causes negative nitrogen balance in the body, the patient must take high protein diet. All thses are sufficient for a speedy recovery. In spite of all these precautions, if one has some post-operative complications, one needs to consult with one's surgeon.
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Mar 13
I had an appendectomy 14 years ago, and I really don't remember what I did to heal quickly. I did have a hysterectomy at the same time, so I do know that i couldn't lift anything heavy whatsoever, so I wouldn't rip my incision open. I can't recall not eating certain foods either, as i imagine I ae the same as always. i know, that my daughter came and stayed with me, while I was recovering, and she did the cooking and cleaning for me, as i couldn't bend over or do anything strenuous at all. My suggesting is that your girlfriend not lift anything to heavy, or don't lift anything at all. She should rest too, to heal faster. take care, and have a very good day.