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What is Appendicitis?

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 is the inflammation of the organ. In the beginning, the pain occurs around the navel and right side of the abdomen. As the inflammation gets worse, the pain increases. The appendix can also burst if it is not removed on time.

Although anyone can develop appendicitis at any age, most often, it occurs in people between the ages of 10 and 30. You can contact Pristyn Care to undergo a laparoscopic appendectomy in Hyderabad at the hands of expert doctors.

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Treatment

Diagnosis

During the initial consultation, the doctor will examine your body and ask for the history of signs and symptoms to identify the cause of abdominal pain. For an accurate diagnosis, the following tests will be done:

  • Physical Exam- It is done to assess your pain. The doctor will gently apply pressure on the painful region. When the pressure is released, you may feel a surge in pain that will indicate that the adjacent peritoneum is inflamed.

The doctor may also look for signs of rigidity or stiffening of the abdominal muscles in response to the pressure applied to the region above the appendix.

  • Blood Test– It is done to see if there are excessive amounts of white blood cells in the body that will indicate that an infection is present in the appendix.
  • Urine Test– The urinalysis is done to eliminate urinary tract infection or a kidney stone as the potential cause of abdominal pain.
  • Imaging Tests– Abdominal X-ray, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is done to confirm appendicitis or find other causes of abdominal pain.

Procedure

Sometimes antibiotics can treat infectious appendix, but surgery is the most common treatment. Appendicitis is a medical emergency situation that must be treated between 36-72 hours before it gets burst. Therefore, there are two surgical approaches, open and laparoscopic appendectomies.

  • Open Appendix Removal Surgery– In an open appendectomy, the surgeon removes the organ through a large incision in the abdomen. The appendix is removed and the wound is closed with stitches. This is the most preferred procedure for those who have already gone through abdominal surgery or those who have a perforated appendix.
  • Laparoscopic Appendix Removal Surgery- In laparoscopic appendectomy, a surgeon removes the appendix through one of the incisions in the abdomen. During the procedure, the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide so that the surgeon can clearly see inside. A thin tube-like instrument with a camera attached on top of it so that the surgeon gets a view inside the abdomen. Other surgical instruments are inserted through the rest of the incisions. After taking out the appendix, the small incisions are cleaned and closed using adhesive glue.

Laparoscopic appendicitis surgery is the best treatment for adults and obese people. There are several advantages of laparoscopic surgery over open surgery:

  • Small incisions and minimum scarring
  • Short surgery that takes 30-40 minutes
  • Less postoperative pain
  • Short hospital stay
  • Quick return to normal activities
  • Better cosmetic results
  • Fewer complications

In Our Doctor's Word

Dr. Mohsin Khan

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, DNB - General Surgery

12 Years Experience

"Most people don't 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. "

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the early symptoms of appendix inflammation?

The first sign that you will notice if the appendix is inflamed is the pain in the upper abdomen on the right side near the belly button. The pain will be dull in the beginning and continue to grow and become sharp very quickly. As the condition becomes chronic, you will also feel nauseated and vomit frequently.

Can appendicitis be treated without surgery? 

In some cases, it is possible to treat appendicitis with the help of antibiotics. However, it usually doesn’t work if the organ is infected to a great extent. In such cases, the safer option is to remove the appendix completely to minimize the chance of the infection spreading to the abdominal cavity.

How long does it take for an inflamed appendix to rupture? 

Once the symptoms of appendicitis appear, it will take around 2 to 3 days for the appendix to grow further. After the onset of symptoms, it can rupture and burst any time within 48 to 72 hours. Therefore, it is crucial that you seek timely treatment.

Who should I consult for treatment of appendicitis?

In case of mild inflammation, you can consult a primary care provider (PCP), an internist, pediatrician, general surgeon, or laparoscopic surgeon. If medical treatment is enough, you only need to consult a PCP. However, if appendectomy is required, you will have to consult a general surgeon or a laparoscopic surgeon.

Where can I find the best surgeon for appendicitis treatment in Hyderabad? 

You can find the best surgeons for appendicitis treatment at Pristyn Care. We house a team of dedicated general and laparoscopic surgeons in Hyderabad who are highly experienced in performing open as well as a laparoscopic appendectomy. So, you can relax and undergo surgery without any worries at the hands of our expert surgeons.

What is the cost of laparoscopic appendix removal surgery in Hyderabad?

The average cost of laparoscopic appendix removal surgery in Hyderabad ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 approximately. It is only an estimated price as the final cost may vary due to factors, such as surgeon’s fee, the severity of the condition, hospital expense, medications required, etc.

Is health insurance accepted at Pristyn Care for a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Yes. At Pristyn Care, we accept all major health insurance policies so that patients can cover the cost of appendicitis treatment in Hyderabad. Moreover, our representatives assist in insurance paperwork and also handle the claim-related formalities on the patient’s behalf.

Will Pristyn Care help me with the commute if I live near Hyderabad? 

Yes. Pristyn Care will provide a pick and drop service whether you live in Hyderabad or its nearby region. We will arrange a cab on the day of surgery so that you can travel without any hassle.

What are the chances of appendicitis recurrence after surgery?

There are zero chances of appendicitis recurrence after surgery as the organ itself is removed completely during the procedure. Thus, you won’t have to worry about the problem again.

How long will it take to recover after a laparoscopic appendectomy?

As laparoscopic appendectomy is a minimally invasive surgery, you will only need around 1 week to recover and resume your daily activities. However, the exact time may vary depending on the patient’s healing abilities.

What are the emergency signs of appendicitis? 

Here are some signs that mean that you need emergency treatment for appendicitis:

  • Severe and consistent abdominal pain
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • High fever
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Inability to pass gas

Most of these symptoms are associated with a ruptured appendix. Therefore, you will need emergency treatment.

Is it possible to treat appendicitis without surgery? 

Yes. Chronic appendicitis can be treated with the help of antibiotic medicines, such as ampicillin, tramadol, diclofenac, ceftriaxone, etc. These medicines will treat the infection and reduce inflammation that will provide you temporary relief. However, there will still be chances of recurrence and advancement of chronic appendicitis into acute appendicitis.

Is appendicitis curable? 

Yes. Surgery is the permanent cure for appendicitis as it removes the organ completely, thereby eliminating the pain and other symptoms.

When to see a doctor for appendicitis? 

You should see a doctor for appendicitis if you have severe abdominal pain. Also, make sure that you hurry up and get properly diagnosed to prevent complications.

Which doctor to consult for appendicitis? 

You can consult a family practitioner, primary care provider (PCP), internist, and pediatrician at first if you have symptoms of appendicitis. If the case is acute and you need surgery, a general surgeon would be the right person to consult. They will provide surgical as well as medical care for appendicitis treatment.

How can I find an appendix specialist in Hyderabad near me? 

To find the best doctor in Hyderabad for appendix treatment, you should follow these tips:

  • Check the doctor’s certification
  • Make sure that the doctor has a valid license
  • Ask how many years of experience the doctor has
  • Find out how many appendectomies the doctor has performed
  • Analyze the doctor’s skills by interviewing previous patients
  • Look through the patient testimonials and reviews
  • See how the doctor communicates with you
Is appendix operation cost in Hyderabad covered by insurance? 

Yes. Appendix surgery cost in Hyderabad is covered under insurance plans of most insurance providers. It is a life-threatening condition that is necessary to treat. Therefore, you can easily get a claim for appendicitis treatment and get best-in-class services at the top hospitals.

Does Pristyn Care have its own hospital in Hyderabad for appendix surgery?

No. Pristyn Care doesn’t have its own hospital in Hyderabad for appendix treatment. We are partnered with the best hospitals and clinics that have state-of-the-art facilities and top-grade amenities to take care of all patient needs.

Does appendix surgery hurt? 

No. Appendix surgery itself doesn’t hurt at all. This is because the patient is given anesthesia during the procedure. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the patient doesn’t feel any kind of pain or discomfort. However, you may experience pain or numbness after the anesthesia wears off, for which, the doctor will prescribe you pain medications.

Do I need to stay in the hospital after appendix operation?

Yes. Hospital stay is generally required after appendix removal, irrespective of the technique used for the operation. You may have to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days so that the doctor can ensure that there are no post-surgery complications and your body has started healing.

Can exercise provide relief from appendicitis pain? 

No. Exercise doesn’t provide relief from the pain caused by appendicitis. Moreover, if you try to exercise or even walk around, it can aggravate the pain and make it worse. Therefore, it will be better if you avoid moving at all.

Is appendicitis dangerous? 

Appendicitis is a condition that can be fatal if not treated on time. The inflammation that occurs in the appendix can progress to rupture, peritonitis, sepsis, and ultimately death. So, yes, it is a dangerous condition that should be treated immediately.

Is apple cider vinegar good for appendicitis? 

Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties and other health benefits as well. It can help to reduce the inflammation in the appendix and pain as well. So, it is considered good for appendicitis.

Are there any homeopathic medicines for appendicitis? 

Yes. There are numerous homeopathic medicines available for appendicitis.

  • Bryonia Alb (Wild hops)
  • Lycopodium Clavatum (Club moss)
  • Arnica Montana (Leopard’s bane)
  • Rhus Toxicodendron (Poison Ivy)
  • Belladonna (Deadly nightshade)
  • Hepar Sulph (Hepar sulphuris calcareum)

You should also know that there is no guarantee that these medicines are effective.

What are the common ayurvedic treatments for acute appendicitis? 

There are several ayurvedic treatments available for appendicitis treatment, such as:

  • Sheet Dhara Syrup
  • Detox Premium Powder
  • Nerve Up Capsules
  • Trikata Syrup
  • Panchsakar Churna
  • Triphala Guggulu Tablet

There is no assurance that these treatment methods will work for you. You can try them after consulting with the doctor.

How long does it take to recover after appendicitis surgery?

The complete recovery time after appendectomy is around 3-4 weeks. There are several factors too that will impact the recovery time. It includes your overall health, complications from appendicitis, and the specific type of treatment you receive. You will be able to recover more quickly if your overall health is good, there are no complications, and laparoscopic technique is being used for appendix surgery.

Are there any home remedies for chronic appendicitis?

Here are some home remedies that you can try for chronic appendicitis:

  • Drink enough water and other fluids
  • Have ginseng team twice daily to manage the pain and inflammation
  • Eat one tablespoon of soaked green grams three times a day.
  • Consume honey and lemon juice to treat indigestion.
  • Mix mint essence in water and drink it once every 3-4 hours to relieve the pain.
  • Buttermilk is also effective in preventing bacterial growth in the appendix. Try drinking one liter of buttermilk if possible to inhibit bacteria.

You should know that there is no evidence that these home remedies will work. Therefore, it will be better if you use them after consulting with a specialist.

Will there be any consequences of appendix removal?

No. Generally, there are no negative health consequences of removing the appendix surgically. Scientists believe that the appendix is a vestigial organ that has no significant function in the body. Therefore, its removal doesn’t affect the overall health of the individual.

What is the laparoscopic appendectomy success rate? 

The success rate of laparoscopic appendectomy is more than 95%. This is so because it is a minimally invasive technique that is performed by specially trained surgeons. They ensure that the procedure is carried out safely and precisely.

Suffering from severe & persistent pain? Get in touch with Pristyn Care & consult the best surgeons to undergo appendectomy or appendix removal surgery in Hyderabad.

Appendicitis is one of the conditions that are almost always treated as an emergency. It is often diagnosed at the chronic stage as most people don’t take abdominal pain seriously. And at that stage, appendix removal surgery (also known as appendectomy) is the only way to treat appendicitis.

If you are also suffering due to consistent abdominal pain, Pristyn Care is here to help. We provide advanced medical care in Hyderabad as well as in other major cities of India to make advanced treatment easily accessible for everyone.

We house a certified and highly qualified team of general and laparoscopic surgeons. Our doctors have more than 8 years of experience and ample knowledge of how to handle even the most severe cases of appendicitis.

Generally, the doctor will recommend that the appendix is removed surgically as quickly as possible to make sure that it doesn’t rupture inside the body. Acute appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics but if the condition has become chronic, surgery is the only potential way to treat the condition. Thus, it is necessary that you have reliable and reputed doctors by your side so that you can relax and have surgery without any hesitation.

What are the benefits of having a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Nowadays, thanks to technological advancements in medical science, even surgical procedures have become easier and safer. Laparoscopic appendectomy is such an example of modern technology. It is a minimally invasive surgical technique that has many advantages over conventional open surgery. Some of the key advantages are:

  • It is performed by making tiny incisions around the abdomen through which the instruments can be easily inserted.
  • The technique causes minimal bleeding as only a small skin tissue is cut for the surgery.
  • Due to the small incisions, there is minimal pain and no need for pain medications after the surgery.
  • It also allows the patients to perform regular activities and go back to their normal life sooner than open surgery.
  • The healing time needed for the incisions to heal is also less. The incisions will take almost 1 to 2 weeks to heal completely.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy is done on an outpatient basis. Hence, there is no need for hospitalization for more than 24 hours.
  • As the exposure of the internal organs to the external contaminants is minimal, there are also negligible chances of post-surgery infection.

You can discuss the benefits of laparoscopic appendix removal surgery with the doctors in detail and make an informed decision about the treatment.

Schedule Your Appointment with the Best Doctors In A Simple & Hassle-Free Way

Along with providing comprehensive medical care, Pristyn Care has also optimized the way patients can contact doctors. We have designed a dedicated Patient application that consists of the list of best general & laparoscopic surgeons in Hyderabad under whom you can get advanced treatment for appendicitis. You can browse the list of doctors and see the time and date of their availability. You have complete freedom to pick a doctor of your choice and personally schedule your consultation at your convenience.

Besides that, you can also give us a call or fill the “Book Appointment” form to provide your details. Our medical coordinators will get in touch with you and handle all aspects of your consultation as well as treatment to make it simple and hassle-free for you.

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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