Patient Comments: Appendectomy - Complications

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Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I am two months post laparoscopic appendectomy, and I thought all was going well. Suddenly I began to have pain in my lower right abdomen again. It's been a week now and it's constant, especially when I sit, or bend even only slightly such as when I wash my hands. I've searched online and the National Institute of Health (U.S. government) and all other responses talk of 'stump appendicitis,' a very rare complication that is often misdiagnosed due to its rarity. I'm scared.

Comment from: starry, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My 7 year old daughter was misdiagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI). She was in tremendous pain when we took her to the emergency room (ER), and they thought it was urinary retention. After a catheter and numerous tests she was rushed in for open appendectomy surgery. She was very ill in the days following and 10 days later, was rushed in for another emergency surgery as her little tummy was filled with infectious pus. This time a drain was inserted which stayed in for 5 days. Now 8 weeks post operation she is doing great.

Comment from: Dship, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 24

My mother is 83. She had several months of extreme fatigue, occasional pain in her low back or side, vomited one or two times. Her internist told her all she needed was to take a pep pill and exercise more. While visiting me in another state, I was concerned about her lack of appetite, lethargy and occasional pain. CT showed a perforated/ruptured appendix. She had laparoscopic appendectomy surgery that night, and spent 6 days in hospital. It is 2 weeks post-surgery. Appetite is better, but no energy and she is always nauseous.

Comment from: Jilly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I was misdiagnosed after 3 days of excruciating stomach and back cramps, with endometriosis. They gave me 2 enemas and a tramadol injection. Twelve hours later and feeling worse, I went to my general physician who referred me as an emergency to a larger hospital. A scan showed my appendix to be very inflamed. By the time they operated it had ruptured and the infected matter and tip of the appendix had infected my bowel. Part of my bowel was removed and they spent several hours cleaning my insides. I went through antibiotics and 4 weeks recovery.

Comment from: Limo Dan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

I am a 61 year old male in great shape, came down with stomach ache. Five hours later I had 102 fever and thought I had stomach flu. On day 3 I went to the doctor who diagnosed appendicitis. I was in the emergency room 5 hours later and under the knife soon after arriving. The day after appendectomy I felt great! Twenty four hours later fever returned 101 - 102. After 3 days of back and forth finally they told me to get a CT scan which showed infection. I was admitted back to the hospital for 4 days of IV antibiotics. Lucky it did the trick. Total 6 days in the hospital and lost 14 lb.

Comment from: Sammygirl, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 21

I had a cousin who had an appendectomy when he was 16. The surgeon messed him all up, I believe he was intoxicated, and he never healed properly. He was in poor health until his death at 25, 34 years ago. He had to have one surgery after another to try and fix what went wrong and he was very lucky that he lived for 9 years after the surgery. It was so heartbreaking to see him pass at such a young age. His parents are now 84 and 90 and have been heartbroken ever since.

Comment from: claire, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

It's been really helpful and reassuring reading all these blogs. I had my appendix out a month ago, after 5 days of pain and the paramedics missing it when I called them out! Apparently, it was ready to burst. Thank goodness they finally took it out. The recovery from appendectomy hasn't been easy: no more right hand tummy pain, but pain on going to the toilet, eating, walking, coughing, laughing and sneezing. All this has developed in the last week after I thought I was doing quite well! I'm extremely tired and get sharp pains in my lower belly and back. I will be seeing the doctor for the 4th time since coming out of hospital. If you recovered quickly with no complications, you were very lucky!

Comment from: Jacqui., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had an emergency appendectomy over 10 years ago now and still suffering with excessive gas. I recently had an ultrasound on my pelvis and my right ovary could not be seen because of gas. I have had other ultrasounds for different things and nothing can be seen because of gas. My stomach was as flat as a pancake before the operation but now, I look 6 months pregnant permanently. It has caused stomach distension. I may be just one of the unlucky ones. I believe that if they do not remove all the gas after this operation, you will never get rid of it.

Comment from: Joe, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

Complications of appendectomy are starting now, almost 8 weeks after surgery. I have all of a sudden got pain in my lower abdomen. I was misdiagnosed first and sent home with antibiotics and returned 3 days later. A CT scan revealed not only my appendix needed removing but looked like it may have ruptured so I was air lifted to the hospital where they operated, removing my appendix, an abscess and a third of my bowel; huge cut straight up my belly. I was discharged two weeks later and although I was sore for a long time, I was starting to get better every day until the last few. The pain feels a bit like when you've held a full bladder for too long. Not happy. I just want to get back to normal.

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Comment from: JR-NJ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 28

I awoke in the middle of the night almost two weeks ago with severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I went to the hospital, blood test was ok but CAT scan showed appendicitis. They waited almost 10 hours to get me to surgery during which time the pain got so bad the medication wasn't working anymore. They got my appendix out right before it burst and I have also been having a lot of pain in my abdomen, specifically from my navel to my groin, almost like my bladder hurts (I don't have a urinary tract infection). My surgeon said I still can't lift anything for another week, but other than that I'm able to do anything I want. Anyway, it has been getting better but this takes a lot longer to recover from than they tell you. My suggestion, take it easy and listen to your body. If it hurts, stop. You had major surgery even though everyone treats it like a little nothing.

Comment from: SoCalldy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I am a 30 year old female. I experienced pain that felt like either cramps or gas in my lower stomach, Sunday afternoon. I ended up calling in sick to work on Monday because it was so bad that I couldn't sleep Sunday night. I didn't get seen by a doctor until 4 am Tuesday when I finally decided it was time for the emergency room. The pain was now centered in the lower right side of my stomach. Once I got to the hospital it took most of the day for the doctors to conclude that a surgery had to be done to investigate the pain because although everything pointed to appendicitis it still did not show up on the CT scan. I had laparoscopic surgery that night around 9 pm and it turned out I did in fact need my appendix out. I am recovering fairly well but still in a lot of pain and the swelling just went down last night finally, it is now Friday morning. My best advice is to go see a doctor right away if you feel something is wrong. I was a bit embarrassed because I thought it was just cramps or gas. Thankfully my appendix didn't burst but if I had it to do again I would have gone in sooner.

Comment from: lyda, Female (Caregiver) Published: July 05

If you have abdominal pain and a fever, even slight, go to emergency room (ER). My daughter who is 10, was misdiagnosed 3 times. Urgent care said dehydration, pediatrician said constipation. She gave her laxative, suppository, and then fever spiked to 103. I took her to the ER, they gave enema. Four hours later, shift change and the doctor came in and diagnosed her immediately. Within 1 hour she was in surgery for perforated, ruptured appendix. Giving a laxative will rupture an appendix if you have appendicitis. She had 4 hours of appendectomy surgery because of the infection that spread. It's supposed to be an hour and a half surgery.

Comment from: Chad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had my appendix laparoscopically removed 2 weeks ago and when the doctor took out my staples my navel incision popped open because it had drainage behind it. I have a hole now a little bigger than a quarter and a half inch deep in my stomach and I am now packing the wound for the next 2 weeks until my next appointment. I wonder if they will leave the wound open like this or staple it back once the drainage is done.

Comment from: Beemer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I had right abdominal pain developing and increasing over 2.5 weeks before I went to the doctor. I had a stat ultrasound - very painful as she spent 8 minutes pressing down on the appendix as hard as she could to get an image. This ended in a MIA (multiple intestinal atresia) diagnosis. The next day I had a stat CT and ruptured appendix was the diagnosis. The surgeon was hesitant to do surgery and set a drain in to reduce the infection. Five days later I was released with an abscessed appendix. Two weeks later, pain in multiple areas on the right side hurts with every step I take. The doctor is still reluctant to remove the appendix because the abscess was so big and he "cannot differentiate the appendix from the colon". Not very confident. Will have another CT scan, see the surgeon again, and then probably schedule surgery. The lack of confidence the doctor has in his own abilities is either insightful or frightening. Five weeks into this and still waiting for a plan of action and to feel better.

Comment from: Satwinder, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I am 33 year old male. I had started with pain on my right abdomen from June. It took me 3 months to diagnose my right abdomen pain. I did CT, colonoscopy, endoscopy, blood test, stool test, and everything came up normal. I was so depressed by not finding the cause. Then I went to a surgeon who did laparoscopy and found my appendix was inflamed all this time. I got an appendectomy, I am in week 2 and still in pain. Goodness knows what now. Hopefully I will recover soon. It was chronic appendicitis.

Comment from: Betty93, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I woke up on a Wednesday morning with what felt like a pulled muscle in my stomach, like I had slept funny. Throughout the day it was still there, and by the evening it was stomach ache. I went to sleep but woke at 12 am Thursday with the most awful pain. I phoned 111 who said a doctor would ring back. It got to 2 am and doctor still hadn't rung, so I rang back. I was still in the queue to be spoken to. By 3 am the pain was excruciating, so I went to Accident and Emergency. I was given morphine for the pain. By 6 am I was told it was probably appendicitis, and I was admitted to the ward. I had to have an ultrasound to check I wasn't pregnant and for any cysts on my ovaries. All came back clear. I was meant to have appendectomy that day but they were too busy, so Friday morning I went to theatre. I was down there (including recovery) for 3 hours. I woke up feeling fine. Doctor told me that my appendix had swollen so much it was attached somehow to my ovaries and was close to bursting. I went home the Saturday evening. I had awful wind in my shoulder for a couple of days, which then made its way down to my stomach. I also had constipation from the codeine; that and the wind was so painful it was just as bad as the appendix before. I'm now into almost my 2nd week appendix free, and although not doing a huge amount, I am feeling better. My wound in my belly button feels weird though, like something is pulling, it is very tender and itchy. I guess it must be healing. I'm lucky that I had no other symptoms like vomiting or nausea, and was lucky mine was caught quickly.

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Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

Mine is similar story to others except here we are 10 days after keyhole appendectomy surgery and I am getting lots of gas and pain. It was a week before I could pull my own socks on. I am generally very sore and bruised and get tired very quickly. I hope things pick up a bit in the next week. I guess this is probably related to being a bit older.

Comment from: JW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I had an emergency appendectomy done on August 11th. I am a 57 year old healthy female. I started with pain in the upper part of my abdomen that moved down to the lower abdomen. I was so tired that I slept or lay around for 3 days. I started vomiting, and I thought maybe it was the stomach flu. After not eating for 3 days and vomiting, I decided to go to the emergency room. After a CT scan, I was diagnosed with a perforated appendix and surgery was done within a few hours. I was able to get up and take a shower on my own the next day (at the hospital). I returned to light duty at work after one week. I overdid it a little at home and had some increased pain in my lower back. I am taking it easy again, and am able to do most things on my own with little or no pain.

Comment from: Appendix, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

I am a 33 year old male in excellent shape. On Wednesday 6/17 I noticed minimal pain in right lower abdomen; thought nothing of it. On Thursday 6/18 pain in lower right abdomen was worse and I was feeling feverish. Friday 6/19 the pain in lower right abdomen was fairly severe especially when moving, I was feeling very feverish and moving at all felt like I was running a marathon. I called the doctor to make an appointment to which they replied they didn't have any openings until 6/23. I decided to go to urgent care instead. I had a 105 F temperature and resting heart rate of 100 bpm (normal resting heart rate is 55 to 65bpm). I was sent for a CT scan at my local hospital and diagnosed with appendicitis. On 6/20 appendix was removed laparoscopically at 9:00 am. As soon as I woke up from anesthesia my pain was gone from my lower right abdomen. I went home at 5:00 pm same day. On 6/26 I am feeling excellent, like I never had a problem at all. I plan to begin exercising again next week.

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Appendicitis: Symptoms, Signs, Causes, Appendectomy in Detail See Slideshow