(HealthDay News) -- Appendectomy is often required to remove an inflamed or infected appendix. Taking time to recover properly can help you get on your feet faster.
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Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests how to recover from an appendectomy:
- Make sure you keep the incision dry and clean, and follow your doctor's instructions for bathing.
- If you have staples or stitches, they will be removed during a follow-up visit with the doctor.
- If you have adhesive strips, keep them clean and dry. In a few days, they're designed to fall off.
- Take care when standing for long periods, as this may make your incision and abdominal muscles ache.
- Take a pain reliever recommended by your doctor, and while you should engage in light walking and movement, avoid strenuous activity.
-- Diana Kohnle
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