Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix.The operation is done to remove an infected appendix. An infected appendix, called appendicitis, can burst and release bacteria and stool into the abdomen.
What are the common symptoms?
Abdominal pain that starts around the navel
Not wanting toeat
Nausea and sometimes vomiting
Laparoscopic appendectomy-the appendix is removed with instruments placed into small abdominal incising.open appendectomy-the appendix is removed through an incision in the lower right abdomen.
Common Diagnostic Tests
History and Physical
The focus will be on your abdominal pain.There is no single test to confirm appendicitis.
Surgery is the standard treatment for an acute(sudden) infection of the appendix.Antibiotic treatment might be used as an alternative for specific patients and children.
Benefits and Risks
Anappendectomy will remove the infected organ and relieve pain.Once the appendix is removed, appendicitis will not happen again.The risk of not having surgery is the appendix can burst , resulting in an abdominal infection called peritonitis.Possible complication sin include abscess, infection of the wound or abdomen, intestinal blockage, hernia at the incision, pneumonia, risk of premature delivery (if you are pregnant), and death.
Befor a your operation—
Evaluation usually includes blood work,urinalysis,and an abdominal CT scan,orab dominal altrasound. Your surgeon and anesthesia provider will review your health history, medications, and options for pain control. The day of your operation—You will not be allowed to eat or drink while you are being valued for an emergency appendectomy. Your recovery—If you have no complications, you usually can go home in 1 or 2 days after a laparoscopic or open procedure.Call your surgeon if you are in severe pain, have stomach cramping, a high fever, odor or increased drainage from your incision, or no bowel movements for 3days.