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How painful is an appendectomy?

During the appendectomy, you are under general anesthesia and will not experience any pain. When you wake up in the recovery room, you will likely experience mild to moderate pain. You will be given pain medication, such as ibuprofen, and possibly narcotic medication to help with more intense pain episodes. These medicines should only be needed for a short time as you heal from your surgery. The pain usually decreases over the first few days after the procedure. You will also probably experience soreness in the belly area over the next couple of weeks as you recover, but this pain should lessen each day.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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