What should I expect from laparoscopic appendectomy on a previously ruptured appendix?
August 31, 2011 1:52 PM Subscribe
Laparoscopic appendectomy on a previously ruptured appendix?
posted by ratita to health & fitness (14 answers total)
I am having laparoscopic appendectomy in 7 days from today. It sounds weird, so I'll give you a bit of back story.
About 1.5 months ago, while being on a vacation; I woke up one day and didn't feel great, almost like coming down with a cold, some stomachache... I assumed I was getting stomach flu since 3 of the people I was spending time with had gotten sick a couple of days earlier after all of us attending a family gathering. I wasn't going to let some flu (I was 100% sure it had to be that, even though I NEVER had gastroenteritis before) ruin my short but needed vacation, so I went on with my day, went bike riding for 20 miles, city walking, shopping...by the end of the day I was in a lot of pain and extremely nauseated. Barely made it back to my relatives' house, at this time running a very high fever, throwing up, diarrhea, dizziness and extreme abdominal pain. I barely slept and woke up not feeling any better but worse.
Again, I was thinking this must be "stomach flu" and never having had that experience, I decided I didn't need to see a doctor. I don't have insurance and I was in a different state and city and knowing that a viral infection has to go away on its own, I decided to ride it out. But I had a 9 hour train ride back home the next day, so I ended up going to see a doctor who told me I needed to go to the ER. Instead, I just took the train back home, insisting it had to be a virus.
Forward 10 days of this same scenario, still vomiting, still having high fevers, pain, diarrhea...all while working normal hours, walking up and down 4 flights of stairs several times a day, riding a bike and not eating almost anything...by the 10th day of this, I could barely walk.
So we go to the ER. The doctor is almost sure is something else, even though the symptoms are all appendicitis. Couldn't be, he said, because too many days have passed. CT scan shows a ruptured appendix, infection, an abscess (that weird enough is what saved my life to that point).
Spent the next 2 weeks in the hospital on strong antibiotics and pain medication and 2 more weeks after that on these antibiotics at home, the surgeon decided the appendix was staying in until the infection was cleared and ONLY THEN surgery could be done.
I have never had major surgery like this, I do not know what to expect and I worry that laparoscopic may not be appropriate although the surgeon says it is. He is a reputable, known surgeon in this field; I should trust him. I know Lap surgery is quicker, less painful, less complications, less scarring; but that is when done on appendices that haven't ruptured, I can't find a whole lot of information on this and what I found doesn't sound good.
Other of my concerns is surgery in general. Has anyone had a laparoscopic appendectomy? How did you feel afterward? Did your diet had to change? How long did it take to do more strenuous physical activities (i.e. cycling)?
Thank you so much for any answers or advice in this subject!