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Had keyhole appendectomy. Have constipation, erection problems, testicle pain. What can I do to help prevent DVT?

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I had a keyhole appendectomy 48 hours ago. I have a few concerns.

1. I was sent home shortly after the surgery, still being a wimp I never checked the incisions, why is there the two middle ones and one to the left, not to the right? I am sure my appendix was on the right!

2. Constapation, I only had two hyrdromorphone shots and a general anaesthetic, and even with stool softeners, dulcolax and fibre suppliments I still cannot go! I have been eating well to keep up my strength and I am feeling very full! Is 48 hours normal, I am walking alot and sitting on the toilet with my feet raised to help (until my legs no numb, then I have to give up).

3. Erections problems/testicle pain. I have not been able to achieve an erection (not that I am in a fit state for sex) - this has concerned me! If I get a slighty twinge of an erection, it feels like my testicles are being pulled upwards! That is a disconcerting feeling. I am hoping it is trauma related.

I have to fly in 72 hours on a 3.5 hour flight, then again 2 days later on a 16 hour flight, apart from regular exercising of my calfs and flight socks - what else can I do to help prevent DVT? I will ask the flight attendant to wake me hourly if I fall asleep to remind me to stretch (and pester to be bumped to business so I am more comfortable around the incision sites).

Any help appreciated.
Posted Sat, 7 Jul 2012 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja 4 hours later

Thanks for writing in

Please find the reply to your queries :
1] Yes the appendix is on the right side of the body but to get enough space to operate the incision is put on the left side
2] Constipation is secondary to postoperative ileus and should pass off, do not put in extra efforts, take plenty of fluids and lot of fiber
3] Erections too will come on in a day or two, it is a normal phenomenon

Exercising calfs and Flight socks is enough, no need to wake up every hour, exercise as and when you wake up and that should be OK

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