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June 1941

EARLY RISING AND AMBULATORY ACTIVITY AFTER OPERATIONA MEANS OF PREVENTING COMPLICATIONS

Arch Surg. 1941;42(6):1086-1093. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1941.01210120121015
Abstract

Since January 1938 we have performed 383 appendectomies at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital, Detroit. Thirteen of these appendectomies were done in cases in which the appendix was ruptured and there was spreading or generalized peritonitis, and the patients were not considered suitable for the early ambulatory treatment about to be described. The diagnoses in the remaining 370 cases were as follows: chronic appendicitis, 108 cases; mild appendicitis, 153 cases; acute appendicitis, 69 cases, and empyema or gangrene of the appendix without rupture, 40 cases (tables 1 and 2).

RESULTS WITH THE REGIMEN IN THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY CASES IN WHICH APPENDECTOMY WAS PERFORMED  In this series of 370 cases the average period of confinement to bed after operation was one and a half days and the average period of hospitalization after operation two and three-tenths days (tables 1 and 2). In 2 cases Meckel's diverticulum was also removed through the

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