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Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix, due to which the Appendix may need to be removed. As the appendix is a vestigial (unnecessary) organ, the removal causes no difference to the internal working of your abdominal organ systems.Click here to watch a clinical video
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Appendix removal surgery: Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Appendicitis refers to an infection of the appendix which may necessitate the removal of the appendix. The infection is primarily in the form of an inflammation of the appendix (which is a three and half inches long tube of tissue that stretches from the large intestine). Appendix is considered to be an unnecessary organ as no one is actually sure of its actual function and its removal does not result in any changes in the internal abdominal organ system. If the inflamed appendix is not treated on time, the appendix may burst in the long run. Appendicitis primarily occurs when the appendix is blocked by agents like cancer or stool.
1. What is the procedure?
The laparoscopic appendectomy surgery is conducted in a few simple steps.
- Around 1 to 3 incisions are made in the abdomen region
- Then a laparoscope and other surgical devices are placed in through these incisions
- The surgeon works with the help of data from the video (in the form of enlarged images on television monitor) and removes the appendix through these incisions
There are several benefits of the laparoscopic appendectomy surgery or Appendix removal surgery. Some of them are listed below:
- This procedure of treatment involves minimum risks of damaged tissues
- Little or no scarring
- Quicker return to regular activities
- Quick recovery
- Very few chances of post operational infections or pain
- Might result to faster return of bowel function
3. Appropriate For
You should consult a doctor to find out if you need to undergo an appendix removal surgery or not:
- When you are experiencing mild pain around the abdomen area on a consistent basis
- The pain intensifies with passing time
- Fever or constipation or nausea (vomiting) coupled with the pain
4. Before surgery
Get a thorough medical check-up done in an appendicitis laparoscopic surgery Hospital before undergoing an appendicitis removal surgery. Please ensure that you are fit for a laparoscopic appendectomy or not. There are some patients for whom this surgery might not be appropriate. While non-ruptured appendicitis might be removed laparoscopically, laparoscopic appendectomy becomes a difficult process if there is an advanced infection in place.
Though it does not take much time to recover from this surgery you might as well feel a bit tired till at least a week. The pain might take some time to heal.
5. After care
Please get out of bed a day or two after the surgery and take a walk. The walk will lead to reduced blood clots in your legs. Notify your surgeon in case of prolonged pain even after consuming prescribed medicines. Schedule a follow-up check-up in around two weeks time
6. Time taken
It might take around 60 to 80 minutes to complete the entire operation.
7. Risk & complications
In spite of the immediate advantages of laparoscopic appendix removal, there might be several complications as well. The risks include infection, bleeding, blood clot in the lung area, injury to nearby organs like intestine, bladder etc. The risks, however, are similar to that of open surgeries.
The immediate advantage of this surgery is of course, you are free of a potential source of infection in your body!
9. What next
Within one or two weeks you should be able to get back to most of your normal activities including driving, showering, working etc.