Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed, swollen or infected and filled with pus, causing pain in your lower right abdomen. The appendix is a finger-shaped pouch-like structure attached at the beginning of the large intestine. It is a small tube of tissue that projects from your colon on the lower right side of the abdomen. Although the exact role of the appendix in the body is not clear, studies suggest that it helps in maintaining abdominal immunity by fighting with infections. It is one of the most commonly performed surgical emergencies of the abdomen and as much as 10% of the population develops appendicitis at some point.
Appendicitis is caused by the blockage of the appendix. The blockage might be caused as a result of the mucus that builds up within the appendix or may be due to the stool that comes into the appendix from the cecum. The blockage may as well be caused by various infections such as virus, bacteria, or parasites in the digestive tract or due to the swelling of the lymphatic tissue that lines the wall of the appendix.
It is in this stage that you are likely to feel the pain near your navel and it might feel like a cramp and you probably would not be able to pinpoint the affected area. This is usually the first sign of a possible inflammation in your appendix and you might also go through other symptoms like loss of appetite, followed by nausea and vomiting.
Although rare, there might be a number of complications involved during an appendectomy that include the following:
By far, there is no proven way to prevent the occurrence of appendicitis. However, you might be able to lower the risk by maintaining a proper and healthy diet that includes adequate amount of fruits, vegetables, oats, brown rice, whole wheat and other whole grains that are rich in fibre.
Myth 1: Exercising immediately after eating can cause appendicitis.
Fact: No, exercising immediately after eating will not be the cause of appendicitis as it takes longer time for the food to move through the stomach and the small and large intestines.
Myth 2: Surgery is the only method to treat appendicitis.
Fact: Although surgery is the best method to treat appendicitis, there are a few exceptions for patients with serious medical conditions. Antibiotics can be helpful in some patients for whom surgery is not an option.
Myth 3: You cannot live a normal life without the appendix.
Fact: You can live a perfectly normal life without the appendix as the human body manages quite well without it.
Myth 4: Exercise and dietary changes are necessary if you get your appendix removed.
Fact: Certainly not. Exercise and dietary changes are not necessary to live a normal life after an appendectomy.
Myth 5: Laparoscopic appendix removal surgeries are extremely painful.
Fact: Laparoscopic or keyhole surgeries are barely painful as it involves tiny incisions and also makes the recovery process faster.
If you are suffering from inflamed appendicitis, you will most likely experience a number of signs and symptoms that include sudden intensifying abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, followed by unpleasant bowel habits, nausea and vomiting. As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical help and consult the doctor without any further delay, as within a day, your symptoms might get a lot worse and involve life-threatening complications.
In certain cases of acute appendicitis where the relapse rate is less than 14%, the appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics and might never require surgery. If you have a condition of an uncomplicated appendicitis where the appendix has not yet ruptured and is yet to develop into the perforated stage, you can opt for an oral antibiotic treatment. The doctor might carry out certain medical assessments in order to determine the severity of your condition before considering your eligibility to go for a non-surgical method of treatment.
Since the symptoms of a condition of appendicitis can involve severe pain and discomfort, it is medically necessary to treat the condition. Hence, most health insurance providers cover the cost of an appendix removal surgery. To gather information more about the documentation, and claim process you can get in touch with our team and get thorough assistance.
The usual recovery time after a laparoscopic appendectomy takes about 1 to 3 weeks at the most and people are generally able to return to work and resume with daily activities within the given time frame whereas, in case of an open appendectomy, the recovery process takes about 3 to 4 weeks before a patient can get back to following a normal daily routine. However, the rate of recovery varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition and the response of the patient’s body to the treatment.
The prognosis of an appendectomy depends upon the condition of the appendix before being removed. If the appendix is safely removed before rupturing or developing into a complicated stage, you will likely have a faster recovery process, without any difficulty. But, if your appendix ruptures before the surgery, your recovery will be much slower and you are more likely to develop an abscess or face other severe complications like blockage of the intestine, infection inside the abdomen, and infection around the surgical wound, etc., which would require immediate medical attention.
On 24th October, a male in his mid 30’s visited Pristyn Care after complaining of severe pain on the right side of the lower abdomen. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Varun Gupta carried out a series of diagnostic tests that included an ultrasound and CT scan. It was found that there was swelling of the lymphatic tissue. There was no sign of rupture, but the appendix was perforated in a minute way and there was a minimal build up of fluid(pus) around the appendix.
The doctor suggested going for a laparoscopic appendix removal surgery immediately. The surgery was successfully carried out and the patient was given painkillers before the anaesthetic reaction wore off. After monitoring all the vital signs, the patient was prepared for a discharge within the next 24 hours. Today, the patient continues to recover from the treatment. During the last consultation after 3 weeks of undergoing the surgery, the patient reported to have recovered from the symptoms and was just getting ready to get back to work.
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What is the difference between appendix and appendicitis?
An appendix is a finger-shaped worm-like structure attached to the end of the large intestine, whereas appendicitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the appendix.
What is stump appendicitis?
Stump appendicitis is a complicated condition of recurrent appendicitis that causes acute inflammation of the residual appendix that remains behind after an appendix removal surgery, or if appendicitis is treated with medication. However, this is a very rare complication and has an occurrence rate of 1 in 50,000 cases.
How much time do you have before your appendix bursts?
The symptoms of appendicitis will vary from person to person and it is extremely important to consult a doctor as soon as possible. An appendix can rupture very quickly within 24-72 hours.
How is appendicitis treated during pregnancy?
An appendix removal surgery is the standard method of treating appendicitis. However, if the condition is not complicated, it can also be diagnosed with a non-operative operative procedure that involves the use of antibiotics.
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During the initial consultation, the doctor will have a detailed discussion with you and examine the condition of your appendix. After a thorough assessment, the doctor will come up with the best treatment plan for you and take you through all the necessary steps to get your appendicitis treated in the most effective and efficient way.