Why Is an Appendectomy Performed?
If the patient has any symptoms of appendicitis then they might need an appendectomy to remove the appendix. There is a substantial chance that the appendix will burst or rupture if you have appendicitis. This might happen within 48 to 72 hours of the onset of symptoms. It can induce peritonitis, a life-threatening infection in the stomach. If you develop symptoms of appendicitis, visit the doctor immediately.
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
The appendix can be removed using one of the two methods: Open appendectomy and Laparoscopic appendectomy
- 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.
A laparoscopic appendectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a few small incisions rather than one large one to remove the appendix.
The surgeon monitors the screen and performs the surgery to remove the appendix.
- 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
After the appendectomy, the patient will be monitored for a few hours before being released from the hospital. The vital signs will be closely checked, including the breathing and heart rate. Staff at the hospital will also look for any side effects from the anaesthetic or the surgery. The discharge date will be determined after evaluation below factors:
- Current physical condition
- Type of appendectomy performed
- Impact of surgery on the body
The patient may experience moderate pain in the areas where incisions were made. Any soreness or pain should subside within a few days. To alleviate the pain, the doctor may prescribe medication. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection after the surgery.
Risks of Appendectomy
Some possible complications of an appendectomy include:
- Wound infection
- Infection, redness and swelling
- Blocked intestines
- Injury to nearby organs
Appendectomy at Medicover Hospitals
Appendectomy at Medicover Hospital is performed using all the advanced tools, techniques and equipment. We are comprehensively supported by round-the-clock laboratory, ICU, radiology, and emergency services to ensure patients receive the finest level of care on time. The department is staffed with renowned gastroenterologists, capable medical officers, professional and compassionate medical staff, and well-trained technicians.