The doctors at Pristyn Care are highly experienced and conduct a thorough diagnosis to detect the underlying condition. The diagnosis may include a physical examination in which the doctor would put slight pressure on your abdomen to check the swelling and pain in the lower abdomen region. There are a few diagnostic tests the doctor would recommend to detect the root cause of appendicitis and it's severity:
- Blood tests
- Urine culture
- Abdominal ultrasound
- CT scan
- MRI scan
Appendicitis can be treated as an emergency as well if the condition is severe. The surgical removal of appendicitis is known as appendectomy. This treatment is considered the best technique in all cases of appendicitis. In case the appendix is ruptured, the doctor will clean the contents from your abdominal cavity. There are two types of appendectomy:
- Open surgery- In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the right area of the abdomen or in the midline to remove the appendix. This treatment is used in the emergency case of a 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.
- Laparoscopic surgery- This is an advanced form of appendix treatment where the 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.