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Precautions to be taken after appendix surgery like quitting smoking - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   hello
User :   good after noon
User :   i have undergone a appendix surgery 6 days i am in the process of healing..
Doctor :   ok
User :   my problem is that, i am a regular is it OK for me to start smoking now that it has been 6 days post my appendix surgery?
Doctor :   did you have a laparoscopic procedure
User :   the stitches will be removed day after tommorow
Doctor :   or a regular procedure?
Doctor :   ok
User :   no.i had a general surgery by incision
Doctor :   it is not advisable to strain for 2-3 weeks to a month
Doctor :   following surgery
Doctor :   as smoking involves cough
Doctor :   it is recommended to abstain atleast for 2-3 weeks
User :   after the stitches are removed, will i still feel the strain?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   it will take a full month for the wound to
User :   ok
Doctor :   completely heal from the inside
Doctor :   atleast
User :   how long does it take to completely recover??
Doctor :   1-2 months
User :   ok
Doctor :   on the inside
Doctor :   you can work and do normal activities after 2-3 weeks
Doctor :   but strain is not
User :   u see, i am planning to quit smoking
Doctor :   advisable
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   then this is the best time
User :   but it will take some time.
Doctor :   yes
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User :   so when can i get back to smoking a puff or 2??
User :   not a full cigarette....just a puff or 2
Doctor :   a month later maybe
Doctor :   it would be better to quit now
User :   ok doctor
Doctor :   as you are anyways abstaining
User :   and what about consuming alcohol?
Doctor :   that can be done in little quantities
Doctor :   Is there any thing else that I could help you with?
User :   ok...u c i feel very uncomfortable while sleeping at night
Doctor :   ok
User :   it hurts if i turn to either sides
Doctor :   you must be on pain killers right?
User :   so i have no option but to sleep straight
User :   no
Doctor :   you can change positions every 2 hours or so
User :   i dont have any pain as such
Doctor :   you can take tab. combiflam
Doctor :   if it hurts a lot
User :   i am fine and walkin all over the house, the problem arises while sleeping
Doctor :   preferably after food
User :   i m using tab combiflam
Doctor :   thrice daily?
User :   the stitches also itch, is it a good sign?
Doctor :   it happens when they are healing
Doctor :   just try not to scratch them as you may be causing infection
User :   is it ok if i sleep only at night and sit the rest of the day?
Doctor :   you can sleep even in the morning if you feel tired
User :   i am still having blank diet though my bowel movements and urine is clear
User :   when can i start eating normal food,
Doctor :   its advisable as you are on medicines
Doctor :   once you are off medicines
Doctor :   you can get back to normal diet
User :   so cant i eat non-veg food until then??
Doctor :   ypu can have it if made without a lot of spice and oil
User :   ok
Doctor :   you can eat boiled egg white
Doctor :   anything else?
User :   doctor, u wer of real help
Doctor :   thanks
User :   how can i contact u in future?
Doctor :   you can always login
Doctor :   to our chat
Doctor :   you can also contact us
User :   thanks a lot for your help
Doctor :   bye for now
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