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Acute Appendicitis

Acute Appendicitis - How to prevent?

Acute Appendicitis - Causes and Risk Factors

Acute Appendicitis - Post-surgery care

After Surgery

Once the surgery is completed, your child will be brought back to the ward. After a day or 2, he will be started on clear liquids and advanced to a regular diet as tolerated. Sitting up, deep breathing and walking are very important exercises after surgery. This may be difficult at first and pain medication is available.

If the appendix had perforated, your child may need to have antibiotics for several more days. You may find that the doctors have inserted tubes into the stomach (through a nostril to empty the stomach), the bladder (to help your child to pass urine), and sometimes a tube (or surgical drain) in the abdomen to let out the infected material. All these are temporary and will be removed as soon as your child is better. If he experiences very severe pain in the abdomen, let the doctors and nurses know. Pain medication is available, and is usually given via a continuous drip after operation.

Going Home

The recovery from surgery is usually fast and the child is often home in 2 - 3 days after surgery. If the appendix had perforated, he may need to stay longer e.g. 7 - 10 days for further treatment. Once the doctor has confirmed that your child can go home, you will receive the following:

  • Medication for pain relief.
  • A follow-up appointment to see your surgeon at Specialist Outpatient Clinic K in 2 weeks' time, for review.
  • Medical leave.
  • Exemption from physical education (PE) for 4 weeks.

Important Information

  • Keep the wound dressing clean and dry. You may remove the adhesive dressing 1 week after discharge.
  • Seek medical advice if there is fever, redness or discharge from the wound, or if your child has other complaints in the abdomen.
  • There is no diet restriction. A well balanced diet is recommended.

Have a pleasant stay in Hospital!

Acute Appendicitis - Other Information

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