Ask Poopreport: Am I Recovering From My Appendectomy?
Blitz,who just had surgery, wrote to us today. If anyone had an appendectomy, please chime in!
Hello everyone. Hope you're all pooping well!
I had a laparoscopic appendectomy three days ago, and I've been on a few pain killers and antibiotics since then. I started eating yesterday, but I have been to the toilet like ten times. Is it normal to have very dark brown diarrhea right after this surgery, or am I bleeding internally?
Editor's note: We found a few great sites for information regarding this issue, which could be serious:
From the website of surgeon Rolando Rolandelli, M.D., we found a page of post-operatove instructions and concerns for a laparoscopic appendectomy. Near the bottom of the page, Dr. Rolandelli tells the reader that "diarrhea or loose stools are common for the first week or two after surgery, but if you have watery diarrhea, call your surgeon. This may be a sign of a bowel infection."
On the University of San Diego's website one can find a pdf. page of post-operative instructions for a laparoscopic appendectomy. This sheets tells the reader that while occasional loose stools are not uncommon after such a procedure, constant watery diarrhea accompanied by a fever is something to be checked out by a physician; the patient might have an infection.
Finally, an entire litany of questions about recovering from a laparoscopic appendectomy can be found, along with responses from Dr. Buck, on this JH Surgery web page.
Now remember -- we are not medical professionals. (We are pooping professionals.) It's always best to call your doctor when you are in doubt about the matter coming out of your pooter hole. We hope that you are feeling better, Blitz, and that you have a speedy recovery!