Fever Accompanied By Abdominal Pain And Pus-filled Sores After Appendectomy?
Hello. Morning. My mom just finished the operation on Wednesday 3 days ago. Then the doctor there suggested that the day after the operation my mother moved a lot, such as walking or sitting. But by noon my mother had a fever and in the postoperative scar there was pus that smelled bad. Often my mother complains that her stomach is getting crampy and painful. The surgeon here advised me to move more. What happened to my mother? Can my mom move a lot after the surgery? how to handle it? What should I do after my mother’s surgery for a ruptured appendix? Please help. Hopefully my questions will be answered quickly and given a solution. Thank you, ☺
Hello, Thank you for the question.
The appendix is a small sac-shaped organ connected to the large intestine. Inflammation of the appendix causes the appendix to swell and become infected easily, leading to appendicitis. A ruptured appendix can cause infection in the abdominal cavity, so when the operation is performed the doctor will remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity from this infectious fluid. Even though it has been cleaned, sometimes there is still fluid left in the abdominal cavity. This fluid can leak out of the surgical wound. It looks like the residual fluid from cleaning the abdominal cavity is what came out of your mother's surgery wound. The pain in the surgical wound can still be felt for a few days after surgery and this is normal. The doctor will provide pain relievers to control postoperative pain. Your mother should be more vigilant if her stomach pain gets worse despite taking medication and is accompanied by a stomach that feels stiff / hard. Fever may still occur as the body tries to fight off the remaining infection. The doctor will advise the patient to move because by moving, this can help bowel movements and help remove residual cleansing fluid that may remain in the stomach. However, of course this is done according to your mother's pain tolerance. If your mother feels pain, of course your mother can rest for a while until the pain subsides then moves back.
If you are worried about the discharge from this surgical wound, please consult directly with the surgeon who treated your mother so that you can get an appropriate explanation. After surgery, usually your mother should start with a liquid diet which then gradually increases the consistency; please you also discuss this with your mother different doctors. Don't forget to keep the wound clean and dry.
Hope this information is helpful.