Appendicitis is usually diagnosed by a physical examination. The doctor may press different areas in the abdomen to check for tenderness, rigidity, and swelling in the abdomen. If the physical test does not confirm anything, the doctor may ask you for a few imaging tests such as ultrasound, x-ray, or an MRI.The doctor may ask you to do a complete blood count (CBC) test to check for infections. This test is ideally done in a lab where the lab assistant shall collect your blood sample and send it for analysis. To make sure there is no presence of urine infection or kidney stones that might be contributing to the pain, the doctor may also ask you to do a urine culture test. Sometimes, an ectopic pregnancy can be mistaken as appendicitis. Just to confirm that the pain is not due to an ectopic pregnancy, the appendicitis doctor may ask a female to get a pregnancy test done.
What are the treatment options for appendicitis?
Appendicitis Surgery Options in Chennai
The only way to treat appendicitis is surgery. The surgical procedure of appendix removal is known as appendectomy. Surgery is highly recommended at the earliest as appendix has the potential to burst about 48 to 72 hours after early symptoms. This can spread bacteria inside the body and be fatal. There are two surgical methods used based on severity. Our doctors at Pristyn Care recommend laparoscopic surgery.Laparoscopic surgery for appendix removal - In laparoscopic appendix surgery surgeon uses a small device called a laparoscope to remove the appendix through a small cut on the belly. The laparoscope has a tiny video camera and surgical tools. The tube, camera, and tools are put in through the incisions. The surgeon does the surgery while looking at a TV monitor and removes the appendix. It is minimally invasive, one can get back to normal routine in 2-3 days and minimum size scar and wounds.Open surgery for appendix removal - In an open appendix surgery, the surgeon makes one incision in the right side of the abdomen or in the midline to remove the appendix. This treatment is mostly done in case of an emergency or burst appendix. The surgeon could clean the abdomen and remove the appendix (Burst appendicitis) or drain the rest of the pus with the help of a tube through the abdominal wall and then remove the appendix (Appendicular abscess). After surgery strenuous activities may be avoided for up to 6 weeks.Since the appendix is still a mystery in the medical community, there are no guaranteed ways to prevent appendicitis.