Appendectomy Periprocedural Care

Updated: Jul 11, 2017
  • Author: Luigi Santacroce, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Preprocedural Planning

Because they may mask the underlying disease, do not administer analgesics and antipyretics to patients with suspected appendicitis who have not been evaluated by the surgeon.

Venous access must be obtained in all patients diagnosed with appendicitis. Venous access allows administration of isotonic fluids and broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics before the operation

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Patient Preparation

Appendectomy requires general anesthesia. Before the start of the surgical procedure, the anesthesiologist performs endotracheal intubation to administer volatile anesthetics and to assist respiration.

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Monitoring and Follow-up

After hospital discharge following surgery, patients must have a light diet and limit their physical activity for a period of 2-6 weeks, depending on the surgical approach to appendectomy (ie, laparoscopic or open). The patient should be evaluated by the surgeon in the clinic to determine improvement and to detect any possible complications.

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