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About Appendix

The appendix is a small 3 and 1/2-inch-long pouch joined to the large intestine on the lower right side of your belly (abdomen).Appendicitis typically starts with pain around the navel. Within hours, the pain travels to the lower right-hand side, where the appendix usually lies and becomes constant and severe as the inflammation worsens.

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Appendicitis in Different Languages

Appendicitis in Hindi- अपेन्डिक्स का संक्रमण/ अपेंडिक्स में सूजन

Appendicitis in Tamil- குடல் அழற்சி

Appendicitis in Telugu- అపెండిసైటిస్

Appendicitis in Bengali- অ্যাপেন্ডিসাইটিস

Stages of Appendicitis

Early

Suppurative

Gangrenous

Perforated

Phlegmonous

Spontaneous resolving

Recurrent

Chronic

Common Side Effects of Appendix Operation

Bleeding

Wound infection

Swelling in the surgical site

Injury to nearby tissues or organs

Numbness due to anesthesia

Why minimally invasive appendix surgery?

Painless

45 minutes procedure

Permanent cure

No recurrence of appendicitis

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High success rate

Less risk of infection

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Causes

  • Blockage of the opening in the appendix
  • Hard, rock-like stool
  • Any abdomen injury or trauma
  • Infection in the gastrointestinal tract or swollen lymph nodes in the intestines
  • Cancerous Tumor or parasites

Symptoms

  • Dull pain near the navel
  • Pain increases when taking deep breaths, cough, or sneeze
  • Nausea ,vomiting and inability to pass gas
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever

Treatment

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What are the treatment options for appendicitis?

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.

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.

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

Most people dont even know about appendix until the appendicitis develops. However, once the pain begins, the condition is usually acute, the pain grows rapidly and turns severe within a day or two. This is why, once appendicitis is recorded, I always suggest immediate treatment. Any delay only severes the condition, risks rupture, infection and disturbed bodily functions. It is one of worst pains. Therefore, I strongly suggest, if you feel any abnormal or intense pain in the extreme right side of your lower pelvic, seek immediate medical help and do not delay treatment. If diagnosed early, it can be treated through laparoscopy and the recovery can be much faster and simple.

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Get Advanced Surgical Treatment For Appendicitis in Chennai

Pristyn Care offers state-of-the-art surgical procedures for a wide range of medical problems. For appendicitis, both acute and chronic, we offer advanced laparoscopic surgery. The modern laparoscopy-assisted procedure of appendix removal is minimally invasive in nature. The surgery is completely safe as it is approved by USFDA. Thus, the patient experiences a speedy and smooth recovery. The laparoscopic appendix surgeries are performed by our highly experienced laparoscopic surgeons who have a remarkable track record of performing laparoscopic appendectomy with a high success rate. Contact us today and book your appointment with one of our specialist appendix doctors.

Best Hospitals Associated With Pristyn Care in Chennai For Appendicitis Treatment

We, Pristyn Care, believe in collaborating and integrating with top hospitals and clinics to achieve excellence in appendix removal or any other treatments. We are associated with the best hospitals in the city so that all our patients get the high-class treatment they deserve. We provide all facilities during and post-surgery for an appendix removal and other diseases. Our main motivation behind this association is to find the best specialists and provide a seamless surgical experience to every patient.

Why is Laparoscopic Appendix Removal Surgery Better Than Open Surgery?

The advancements of medical technology have allowed doctors to use more precise procedures for surgically eliminating the disease from its roots. With laparoscopy surgical treatment, the entire procedure for appendix removal has been made less complicated and minimally invasive.

Advantages of choosing laparoscopic appendectomy over open surgery are:

  • Due to relatively lesser incisions, the patient does not endure any major pain or discomfort at all during or after the surgery.
  • The hospital stay is much shorter and the patient can return home the next day after the procedure.
  • The risk of postoperative infections or complications is almost nil.
  • Intraoperative bleeding involved is minimal.
  • There are no major lifestyle restrictions for recovery from the surgery.
  • The recovery is faster and the patient can resume normal activities within 4-6 days.

The results of a laparoscopic appendectomy may vary from one person to another depending upon the patient’s health condition and how diligently the patient follows the post-operative recovery measures. But, in general, this procedure is considered to be the safest that all other forms of surgical treatment for the removal of an appendix.

What is the difference between acute and chronic appendicitis?

Most people confuse chronic and acute appendicitis with each other. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes infected or inflamed and starts causing abdominal pain. But in acute and chronic cases, the frequency and severity of the pain are quite different.

Acute Appendicitis

Appendicitis is said to be acute when a person develops severe symptoms suddenly, within 24-48 hours. It is a medical emergency that should be treated without further ado. It occurs due to the following reasons-

  • A viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection in the digestive tract
  • Stools causing a blockage in the tube between the large intestine and appendix
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Injury or trauma in the abdomen
  • Tumors

Without treatment, the appendix can rupture or burst out within 2-3 days if the symptoms persist. Moreover, the abdominal pain will be intense and hard to ignore.

Chronic Appendicitis

Chronic appendicitis can occur due to many different reasons, such as:

  • Inflammation and obstruction of the appendix
  • Accumulation of fecal matter
  • Calcified fecal deposits or appendix stones
  • Trauma to the abdomen
  • Enlarged lymph nodes and glands
  • Build up of foreign objects
  • Tumor

In chronic cases, the pain (this is the primary symptom) of appendicitis lasts for longer periods, most often a week or so. There can be other symptoms like fever, swelling, tenderness in the abdomen, tiredness, nausea, diarrhea, etc. present alongside. However, not all people with chronic appendicitis will have these symptoms.

The symptoms also subside on their own and return abruptly, which further makes it harder for the doctor to diagnose the condition accurately. Out of all the cases of appendicitis, only 1.5% are chronic.

What complications can arise if appendicitis is left untreated?

Appendicitis can become life-threatening if it is not treated on time. There is a very high possibility that acute appendicitis causes the appendix to rupture due to which the fecal matter and bacteria spill into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to the following complications:

  • Peritonitis- As the appendix bursts, the lining of the abdominal cavity or peritoneum can become infected and inflamed. This is called peritonitis which is a fatal condition. If this happens, you will have a fast heartbeat, high fever, shortness of breath, and severe abdominal pain consistently.
  • The doctor will first have to treat the infection with the help of antibiotics. Once the infection is resolved, only then the doctor can proceed with appendix surgery.
  • Abscesses- Sometimes, abscesses may also form around the burst appendix. It usually forms when the white blood cells in the body try to fight the infection. To treat appendicitis, the doctor will first treat the infection and drain the abscess to perform an appendectomy.
  • Sepsis- In rare cases, the bacteria from the ruptured appendix may enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, causing sepsis. It will cause symptoms, such as high or low temperature, confusion, severe sleepiness, and shortness of breath. It is one of the main reasons for death in appendicitis patients.

If these complications arise, it can make it difficult for the doctor to treat appendicitis right away.

How is laparoscopic appendectomy better than open appendectomy?

Open appendectomy is the traditional approach that is performed through an incision of about 5cm or 2 inches on the right side of the lower abdominal wall. Laparoscopic appendectomy is a modern procedure that is performed through multiple small-sized incisions, each of about 1 cm or 1/2 inch.

While open appendix surgery is highly invasive, laparoscopic appendix surgery is minimally invasive and has the following advantages over the traditional approach.

  • Tiny scars with less tissue cutting
  • Reduced post-surgical pain
  • Reduced risk of wound infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Higher success rate
  • Minimal restrictions over diet
  • Faster recovery

Open and laparoscopic appendectomy have several risks and complications. But it is up to the surgeon to choose the best technique for the patient. In most cases, a patient prefers to undergo laparoscopic appendix removal surgery. However, in some cases, especially when the appendix is infected, the doctor may have to use the open surgical technique to carry out the procedure safely.

Post-Surgery Care After Appendectomy

Whether you’ve had open appendicitis surgery or laparoscopic surgery, you will have to follow the doctor’s instructions to take care of the wound and overall health. You will have to follow the tips below:

  • Take a bland diet in the next few days after having an appendectomy. Advance gradually and start eating usual food only if your body allows it.
  • You may experience constipation for a few days after surgery due to heavy pain medications. Most patients don’t have bowel movements up to 3 days after surgery. Therefore, the doctor may prescribe stool softeners or laxatives to help prevent constipation.
  • Pain is natural after a surgical procedure. Therefore, the doctor will prescribe some pain medications as well as anti-inflammatory and antibiotic medicines.
  • Usually, dissolvable sutures are used to close the wound. However, in some cases, stitches may be used. In both scenarios, keep the wound clean and dry. Make sure that you don’t soak in hot tubs or swim as it can cause irritation or infection in the wound.
  • You can take a bath the day after the surgery but don’t let the incisions get wet.
  • Avoid driving until the doctor gives you permission.
  • Limit your physical activities and make sure that you don’t lift heavy weights for at least two weeks after surgery.
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes that give you freedom of movement and don’t rub against the wound.
  • Visit the doctor for post-surgery follow-ups whenever required or as suggested by the doctor.

How to prevent appendicitis?

Generally, there is no assured way to prevent appendicitis from occurring, except for diet control. By choosing the right food and a balanced diet, you will be able to keep your digestive tract healthy and prevent the appendix from becoming inflamed.

Foods You Should Eat:

All foods that are rich in fiber help to prevent appendicitis. These foods include:

  • Oats or wheat gram for breakfast
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Brown rice
  • Fresh fruits

Foods You Should Avoid:

Here are the food items that can increase your risk of appendicitis:

  • Fried foods that are fatty and irritate the digestive system.
  • Alcohol as it harms the liver and affects digestion.
  • Processed foods, such as meat or frozen food items.
  • Baked goods, including cakes, pastries, cookies, etc.
  • Excess of sugar
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