What is an Appendectomy
Symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Abdominal swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Inability to pass gas
Benefits of Appendectomy
- The surgery will provide protection against infections like peritonitis.
- It is the simplest and quickest way to treat appendicitis
- Reduces the risk of appendix rupture.
- Helps to treat abscesses caused by a ruptured appendix.
Why Is an Appendectomy Performed?
Preparation Before an Appendectomy
- The surgery will be explained by the Doctor.
- Before the surgery, patients must fast for 8 hours
- Make sure the doctor has a list of all the medications, both prescription and over-the-counter that the patient used to have earlier.
- Before the surgery, the patient will be given a sedative to get relaxed
- If the patient is allergic to or sensitive to latex, medications, tape, or anaesthetic medicines, talk to the doctor
How Is an Appendectomy Performed
- If the appendix has ruptured and the infection has spread to other organs, the doctor may recommend an open appendectomy. It is also the preferred option for people who have previously undergone abdominal surgery.
- The appendix is removed using a 2 to 4-inch long cut or incision.
- The surgeon will make only one incision in the lower right side of the abdomen during an open appendectomy
- The incision is stitched after the appendix is removed.
- The appendix is accessed by a surgeon through a few small incisions in the abdomen.
- A cannula (a small tube) will then be inserted to inject carbon dioxide gas into your abdomen. This gas makes it easier for the surgeon to see the appendix.
- When the appendix is removed, the small incisions are cleaned, closed, and dressed.
- For older adults and those who are overweight, laparoscopic surgery is usually the best option.
- It carries fewer risks than an open appendectomy and has a shorter recovery time.
After Appendectomy Procedure
- Current physical condition
- Type of appendectomy performed
- Impact of surgery on the body
Risks of Appendectomy
- Wound infection
- Infection, redness and swelling
- Blocked intestines
- Injury to nearby organs
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Most people will return to normal activities within two to four weeks after leaving the hospital.
An appendectomy is required when the appendix is swollen, infected, and at the risk of rupture. It can happen 48 to 72 hours after the symptoms appear.
The surgery is done under general anesthesia so the pain is not felt. After laparoscopic surgery, one may feel slight pain for about 24 hours.
In Laparoscopic surgery, you can return home in a day or two after the surgery. In an open surgery, it’s safe to stay for 5-6 days in the hospital. However, hospital stay depends on how well you are recovering.
Appendicitis has been implicated to the seeds of fruits and vegetables such as cocao, orange, melon, barley, oat, fig, grape, date, cumin, and nut.
An appendectomy is a major surgery, which is defined as any operation that involves the surgical procedure of removing the infected appendix.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, often by stool or cancer. Blockage can also result from infection, as the appendix can swell in response to an infection in the body.
Appendicitis is caused by an obstruction in the lining of the appendix, which leads to infection. The bacteria multiply quickly, inflaming, swelling, and filling the appendix with pus. This causes the appendix to burst.
Pain in the upper abdomen, usually near the belly button, is the first sign of appendicitis. Pain may begin as dull and then become intense as it progresses into the lower right abdomen.
The three stages of appendicitis are: normal appendix, uncomplicated acute appendicitis and complicated appendicitis.
Yes, the procedure is equally common among kids and successful too.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency as the inflamed appendix can rupture and it can be life-threatening.