All you wanted to know about Appendicitis

Dr. Manish Joshi is a Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist, GI Oncologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon at the BGS Global Hospitals, Bangalore. He had earlier served as Head of Surgical Gastroenterology services at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore for almost 3 years. 

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is a small, tube-shaped pouch attached to your large intestine. It’s located in the lower right side of your abdomen. When the appendix becomes inflamed and swollen, it causes pain around the belly button that spreads to the lower right section of the abdomen. Walking or coughing can make the pain worse. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  It’s not clear what causes appendicitis. In many cases it may be that something blocks the entrance of the appendix.  If you have appendicitis, your appendix must be removed right away. If not treated, your appendix can burst causing peritonitis & abscess, which can cause potentially life threatening infections. An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s a common emergency surgery that’s performed to treat appendicitis.

Symptoms of Appendicitis

Pain in Lower Abdomen

Nausea and vomiting

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Low-grade fever

Constipation or diarrhea

Abdominal bloating

Flatulence

Diagnosis

To help diagnose appendicitis, your doctor will likely take a history of your signs and symptoms and examine your abdomen. 

Physical Exam

Blood Test

Pregnancy Test

Ultrasound Scan

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CT Scan

Treatment Options

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. There are 2 types of surgery to remove the appendix. The standard method is an open appendectomy. A newer, less invasive method is a laparoscopic appendectomy. 

  • Open appendectomy: A cut or incision about 2 to 4 inches long is made in the lower right-hand side of your belly or abdomen. The appendix is taken out through the incision.During a laparoscopic surgery, your provider may decide that an open appendectomy is needed. If your appendix has burst and infection has spread, you may need an open appendectomy.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy: This method is less invasive. That means it’s done without a large incision. Instead, from 1 to 3 tiny cuts are made. A long, thin tube called a laparoscope is put into one of the incisions. It has a tiny video camera and surgical tools. The surgeon looks at a TV monitor to see inside your abdomen and guide the tools. The appendix is removed through one of the incisions.

Appendicitis FAQ's

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PreOp-Instructions

  • ON THE DAY BEFORE SURGERY
    Proceed with normal activities, normal diet & Shower
  • AFTER MIDNIGHT BEFORE THE DAY OF SURGERY
    Do not eat or drink anything, including water, candy, gum, mints, Brushing teeth is okay
  • ON THE DAY OF SURGERY
    Do not eat or drink anything Brushing teeth is okay Shower if you did not shower the night before
  • These are typical instructions. Your instructions by your surgeon or doctor may vary.

These are typical instructions. Your instructions by your surgeon or doctor may vary.

PostOp-Instructions

  • ON THE DAY BEFORE SURGERY
    Proceed with normal activities, normal diet & Shower
  • AFTER MIDNIGHT BEFORE THE DAY OF SURGERY
    Do not eat or drink anything, including water, candy, gum, mints, Brushing teeth is okay
  • ON THE DAY OF SURGERY
    Do not eat or drink anything Brushing teeth is okay Shower if you did not shower the night before
  • These are typical instructions. Your instructions by your surgeon or doctor may vary.

These are typical instructions. Your instructions by your surgeon or doctor may vary.

Key Benefits of Laparoscopic / Robotics Surgery

Key Hole Surgery

No Bigger Cuts

Shorter Hospital Stay

Safe & Stress Free Surgery

Short Stay Surgery

Dedicated Doctors

Best-in-Class Process for Best-in-Class Patient Experience

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Consulting

Pre-Surgery Counselling

Surgery

Post-Surgery Counselling

Discharge & Follow-Up

Risks & Complication of Appendectomy

Bleeding

Infection

Blocked bowels

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Injury to nearby organs

It’s important to note that the risks of an appendectomy are much less severe than the risks associated with untreated appendicitis. An appendectomy needs to be done immediately to prevent abscesses and peritonitis from developing.

What to expect after Appendicitis Surgery

When you are home, you must keep the incision clean and dry. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to bathe. Any stitches or surgical staples used will be removed at a follow-up office visit. If adhesive strips were used, they should be kept dry. They will often fall off in a few days. 

Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Redness, swelling, bleeding, or other drainage from the incision site 
  • More pain around the incision site 
  • Vomiting 
  • Loss of appetite or unable to eat or drink anything 
  • Constant coughing, trouble breathing, or shortness of breath 
  • Belly pain, cramping, or swelling 
  • No bowel movement for 2 days or longer 
  • Watery diarrhea for more than 3 days 

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