Appendix- An Useful Organ Or Not?

An appendix is a tube-like structure that is four meters long and sits on the lower right side of the abdomen. Useful or not, you should know that the appendix is vulnerable to infection as it is close to the large intestine where stool, bacteria, and other infectious material is accumulated. When the appendix gets infected, it is known as appendicitis.

There are a lot of contradicting opinions on whether an appendix is useful or not. Research findings of early studies show that in our forefathers the appendix used to be useful but over generations, it eventually became an organ with no real function. But some recent research studies suggest that good bacteria reside in the appendix which helps in the process of digestion.

Appendicitis-

Appendicitis

The condition of an appendix getting infected is known as appendicitis. If you are feeling acute pain on the lower right-hand side of the abdomen with a feeling of nausea, then you should be careful. This is so because this is a typical symptom of an inflamed appendix. Doctors suggest a removal of the appendix in such a situation. If you are worried about the fact whether there will be any harmful effects on health after appendix removal, then you should be relieved to know that you can live without any complication without an appendix. Some of the other symptoms include-

Symptoms Of Appendicitis
  • Feeling a loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain while urinating
  • Diarrhea

Treatment-

The procedure for removing the appendix surgically is known as appendectomy. Appendicitis is a medical emergency because if the infected tissues burst and spread throughout the body, it can cause some complications in your body.

Doctors recommend a laparoscopic technique for conducting an appendectomy. Also known as minimally-invasive surgery, the whole procedure is done under the influence of anesthesia so you won’t be able to feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery. If you are wondering how a laparoscopic appendectomy is done, then let me explain it to you.

During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon will make a cut of 0.5-1 cm below your belly-button and then insert a thin tube. Then through the tube, the doctor will inflate your cavity by passing CO2. He will then insert a laparoscope, a tiny device that captures images of what is happening inside the abdomen. The doctor will then operate accordingly after seeing images on a video screen. Laparoscopic surgery has several benefits-

  • Minimal pain
  • Small incisions
  • Faster recovery
  • Less scarring
  • Painless healing
  • Reduced risk of infection

If you are somebody who is looking for a painless surgery that can ensure recovery within a week or two, then you should opt for laparoscopic appendectomy. If you follow a regular diet and avoid excessive straining after the surgery, you’ll have an easy recovery. Doctors sometimes recommend appendectomy so that it doesn’t create problems later. You can visit any Pristyn Care clinic and consult with our doctor to know more about appendix surgery.

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