WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small pouch that is attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider in 2 weeks:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You may need to limit activity for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Ask your primary healthcare provider what activities you can do.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have abdominal pain that does not go away, even after you take medicine.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have trouble having a bowel movement or have diarrhea.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have a fever.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen.
- You are vomiting and cannot keep food down.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.