Laparoscopic Appendicectomy

Where is the Appendix?

Appendix is a small tube like structure of about 5-10 cm long and is attached to a part of large intestine (caecum). It is located in the lower right part of your abdomen.

What is appendicitis?

When a patient develops appendicitis the first symptom he probably feels is pain around his belly button (umbilicus). After few hours, this pain that was started in the center of abdomen travels and shift to the right side of his lower abdomen. He lost his appetite and he might vomit.

What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

When a patient develops appendicitis the first symptom he probably feels is pain around his belly button (umbilicus). After few hours, this pain that was started in the center of abdomen travels and shift to the right side of his lower abdomen. He lost his appetite and he might vomit.

The other associated symptoms can be
Cramp-like abdominal pain
Slight rise in temperature (100'F to 101'F)
Pain that gets worse when the patient move, take a deep breath, cough or sneeze
(Note: Not everybody gets all of these symptoms especially if the appendix is not in the usual place)

Treatments

The treatment of appendicitis is surgery. In surgery the appendix is removed. The doctor may call this appendicetomy or appendectomy.

Surgery

There are two types of surgery for appendicitis: The removal of appendix can be done either by open conventional method or with the help of laparoscopy.

  • Open surgery: Open Appendicetomy: The surgeon makes a cut in the lower right part of the abdomen to take out your appendix.
  • Keyhole surgery (laparoscopy) or Lap Appendix: The surgeon makes three or four smaller cuts, and does the operation with the help of cameras.

What if appendicitis is not treated?

Once appendicitis has been diagnosed the patient needs emergency surgery. This means that the appendix has to be taken out as early as possible. If appendicitis isn't treated earlier than there are chances that appendix may burst. This condition is called a ruptured or perforated appendix. A burst appendix can cause a serious infection inside your body.

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