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How long does it take to recover from an appendectomy?

The recovery time from an appendectomy is shorter for a laparoscopic procedure than for an open appendectomy.

If you undergo a laparoscopic appendectomy, you might go home from the hospital the same day. You will usually stay overnight if you have an open appendectomy.

In either type of appendectomy, you will likely be doing many of your regular activities within a few days of surgery. However, it could take up to 6 weeks before you feel ready for strenuous activity.  

You may experience intermittent episodes of nausea, abdominal soreness, and fatigue over the first couple of weeks after the surgery. If you have a fever, severe abdominal pain, or vomiting, you should contact your physician promptly for evaluation. For more information, visit

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