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About Appendix

Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and causes severe pain in the lower abdomen. The appendix is a finger-sized organ located on the right side attached to the large intestine. The organ has no known function but if it gets infected or becomes inflamed, it will cause immense pain that will only grow over the next few days. The appendix will rupture eventually if you don’t see treatment in the next few days.

If your primary care provider has suggested that you need to undergo appendix removal surgery (appendectomy) and you are looking for the best surgeons, Pristyn Care is the ideal destination. You can get advanced appendix treatment in Purulia under our care and get the organ removed through a quick and painless surgery.

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Overview

Appendicitis
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
  • USFDA approved
  • High success rate
  • Less risk of infection
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Treatment

Diagnosis

You may not think about appendicitis immediately as the symptoms like constipation or diarrhea, and vomiting can be caused by a number of reasons. Even heartburn may be one of the symptoms. If the medication for heartburn or gas does not help and you experience pain in the lower abdomen or lower back, it is time to seek medical help. Diagnosing appendicitis can be sensitive as the symptoms are similar to intestinal infection, Crohn’s disease, gallbladder problem, or urinary tract infection. Still, there is some clinical diagnosis that includes:

  • Urinary test
  • Blood test
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • Chest X-ray, in case of a child, to check pneumonia

Procedure

Appendicitis is always treated as an emergency. The surgical removal of appendicitis is known as appendectomy. This treatment is considered best in all cases of appendicitis. In case the appendix has burst, the doctor will clean the contents from your abdominal cavity. The surgery to remove the appendix may be done as an open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.

  • Open surgery for the appendix- 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 for appendix- 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 a few days and minimum size scar and wounds.

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 kind of doctor should I see for an appendix treatment?

If you have signs and symptoms indicative of an appendix, you can initially consult with a primary healthcare provider or a general physician. But you experience an increase in the pain near the belly button or if you start vomiting suddenly, it is best if you consult a laparoscopic surgeon who is an appendix specialist. You can consult some of the best appendix doctors at Pristyn Care.

How is an appendix surgery done in a hospital in Purulia?

All the appendicitis specialists working at Pristyn Care-associated hospitals prefer to treat an appendix, in both regular and emergency conditions, through laparoscopic surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon makes tiny incisions and inserts a laparoscope. Using the device, the surgeon removes the defective appendix and seals the incisions.

What is the cost of appendicitis treatment in Purulia?

The total cost of appendicitis treatment in Purulia may range from INR 45000 to INR 65000. The price, however, may differ from person to person depending on factors like the consultation fee of the doctor, the severity of the appendix, the hospital charges, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Which surgery for appendicitis should you go for?

Most doctors and patients prefer laparoscopic surgery for appendix removal over open surgery solely because of its advantages. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery such as a shorter surgical process, quicker recovery, no long downtime, make it much easier for the patient to recover and get back to normal life without any risk and complications.

What are the emergency signs of appendicitis?

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

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

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

What happens when appendicitis is not treated on time?

An appendix may not cause not always cause severe complications. But in some cases, the appendix may burst and cause life-threatening complications.When the appendix bursts, the peritoneum or the appendix lining may get infected with bacteria. This condition is known as peritonitis where the bacteria lining may spread and infect other parts of your abdomen too. Now the question is, how will you identify the condition of peritonitis? Common symptoms of peritonitis include:

  • Sudden excruciating pain in the abdomen
  • An increase in the heartbeat
  • A rise in body temperature
  • Trouble breathing
  • Abdominal swelling

To prevent these potential complications, it is crucial to consult an appendicitis specialist at the earliest.

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 –

It 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.

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 on diet
  • Faster recovery

Open and laparoscopic appendectomy has 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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