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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Laparoscopic appendectomy is surgery to remove your appendix. During this surgery, small incisions are made in your abdomen. A small scope and special tools are inserted through these incisions. A scope is a flexible tube with a light and camera on the end.
- Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
- Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
- Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
- 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. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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 healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Eat healthy foods:
Choose healthy foods from all the food groups every day. Include whole-grain bread, cereal, rice, and pasta. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, including dark green and orange vegetables. Include dairy products such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. Choose protein sources, such as lean beef and chicken, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Ask how many servings of fats, oils, and sweets you should have each day, and if you need to be on a special diet.
When you are allowed to bathe or shower, carefully wash the incisions with soap and water. If you have bandages, change them any time they get wet or dirty. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about wound care.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You are not able to have a bowel movement.
- You have a fever.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have nausea or vomiting.
- You have questions or concerns about your surgery, condition, or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- You feel full and cannot burp or vomit.
- You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your wound.
- Your vomit is greenish, looks like coffee grounds, or has blood in it.
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