My appendix ruptured mid-late jan. '68 during freshman swimming season in college. They hadn't diagnosed it as a ruptured appendix, so the incision is about 3-4" long in the middle of my gut (emergency exploratory surgery). I had peritonitis and a drain from the incision for about 1 week after surgery as I recall and the incision took awhile to heal due to the infection or whatever (ugly scar). I tried to get back into practices after about 3-4 weeks from surgery in order to finish the season - but the coach eventually spotted me and wouldn't let me practice. It took about 2+ months before I could fully stand erect and begin to swim again. My appendix and I were in very bad shape by the time they did the emergency surgery, and it was surgical procedures from 40+ years ago. Hopefully you will fare much better today and be able to recover much quicker (maybe 4-6 weeks?) - you might want to ask the Dr about how fast to push it so you don't tear something they stitched up. In the mean time, you'll gain more respect for you core . Good luck and think you'll be back before you know it.