5 Things You Need to Know About Post-Appendectomy Care

If you're recovering from an appendectomy, the surgery to remove an inflamed or infected appendix, follow your doctor's orders carefully. Most people recover quickly and uneventfully, but there are things to watch out for. Look at your incision site often and pay attention to any signs of infection. It's normal for your incision site to look a bit pink and slightly puffy and feel tender. But watch out for drainage coming from the cut, bright redness or excessive swelling around the incision. These may be signs of infection.

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If you're recovering from an appendectomy, the surgery to remove an inflamed or infected appendix, follow your doctor's orders carefully. Most people recover quickly and uneventfully, but there are things to watch out for. Look at your incision site often and pay attention to any signs of infection. It's normal for your incision site to look a bit pink and slightly puffy and feel tender. But watch out for drainage coming from the cut, bright redness or excessive swelling around the incision. These may be signs of infection.

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