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Does appendectomy causes weight gain?

Hi Dr., I had an appendectomy a few years ago, and ever since, I have really packed on the pounds. Can an appendectomy cause weight gain? I have always been thin. I am 6 2 tall, and up until I was 35 years old I had always weighed around 170 lbs. Here I am 11 years later, I weigh 300 lbs! What s going on? Thanks!
Asked On : Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Appendix is a vestigeal organ.Removal of appendix does not lead to weight gain.
Because of diet only,you might have put the weight.
If you have put on weight with normal diet,then you have to be investigated.
Please consult an Endocrinologist and get investigated.
Hope,everything is normal.
Wish you good health
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Arshad Hussain's  Response
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Dear patient, no surgery per see causes weight gain but the over eating that follows surgery with the common beleif of the people that the surgery had caused a lot of weakness in the person , as well as over caring attitude of the family , not allowing the person to go for work or exercise after surgery for several months leads to weigt gain in most of the people after any surgery, same holds true for appendisectomy. Now nothing to worry about it , just restrict your calorie intake and increase its expenditure through exercises will help you in reducing the weight. Also get a thyroid profile done to rule out hypothyroidism
Dr Arshad
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General Surgeon Dr. Grzegorz Stanko's  Response

Thank you for the query.

There is no way appendectomy can cause such weight gain. Appendix is just a blind part of intestine which contains some lymph nodes and does not affect body weight. That is why seeking reason in this surgery is not a good idea.
You should start with revising your diet and physical activity as there might be the main reason of weight gaining. Steroids intake or increased steroids secretion can be also a reason of such weight gaining.

Hope this will help.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mamun Kabir's  Response
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It is unlikely that it tends to increase weight after appendicectomy.
The common causes of weight gain are over eating, some endocrine cause( hypothyrodism,cushing syndrome etc),familial etc.
You have to concern about them.
Control of diet,regular exercise is the mainstay of control of weight.
Take care.
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