What is Appendectomy?
The process to remove an infected or inflamed appendix is known as an appendectomy. Usually, when appendicitis is acute and progressing quickly, this surgery is advised. The likelihood of the appendix spontaneously rupturing is increased in situations of acute appendicitis. If the appendix ruptures, the infection may spread throughout the body and result in death. Hence, in the event of acute appendicitis, prompt treatment is essential. When the pain is not severe and there is a low likelihood of additional problems, surgical therapy for chronic appendicitis is optional.
Best Hospital for Appendix Surgery
We treat appendicitis with laparoscopic surgery, which is the least dangerous and invasive method. The procedure is carried out in our affiliated hospitals in India, which have cutting-edge infrastructure. Also, Pristyn Care operates clinics across the nation where patients can visit with doctors.
We have a committed group of skilled general and laparoscopic surgeons. Both open and laparoscopic methods of treating appendicitis have been used by our experts for more than ten years. You can schedule a free appointment with one of our specialists to learn more about how to properly treat appendicitis.
How is an appendicitis treatment carried out?
If you contact a doctor with any of the symptoms of an inflamed appendix or appendicitis, the doctor will do one of the following diagnostic procedures:
In order to rule out the likelihood of other medical issues, the doctor will assess your symptoms and review your medical history.
It’s possible that someone will ask you to identify the location of the pain. Based on that, the doctor might physically check for tenderness, potential percussions, and rebound pain.
The doctor may advise you to do a blood test and urinalysis, which will rule out the likelihood of other issues, depending on your health.
You might be required to undergo imaging tests like x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasounds depending on the results of the doctor’s analysis and the results of the aforementioned medical assessments.
General anaesthetic, which will be administered to you, will help to reduce your feeling of pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Your appendix will be removed by the doctor through a few small incisions made around your abdomen.
To get a clear view of the appendix, the surgeon will use a cannula to inject harmless CO2 gas into specific parts of your belly.
A laparoscope, a narrow, illuminated tube with a camera connected to it, will be put into one of the incisions to help the doctor observe your inside structures and direct the instruments.
After locating your appendix, the surgeon will use surgical tools to cut it loose from the intestine and staple the ends shut.
The laparoscope and other surgical tools will be taken out after your appendix is removed.
Following the use of sutures, skin adhesive or tapes for skin closure will be used to close the incisions.
If your appendix cannot be removed laparoscopically, the surgeon may switch to an open appendectomy for the following reasons:
- Abscess or extensive infection
- Ruptured appendix
- Dense scarring from a prior operation
- Issues with bleeding
- during the procedure difficulty using a laparoscope to visualise the organs
Frequently Asked Questions
The easiest approach to get rid of appendicitis is to have surgical treatment. The appendix will be completely removed during surgery to solve the issue. The procedure will just take 30 to 45 minutes.
Generally, with laparoscopic treatment, you won’t have to stay in the hospital. You will be discharged on the same day. However, if necessary, the doctor may ask you to stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days, depending on the condition.
You can walk on the same day after the appendix surgery. As the incisions are small, there are no major restrictions on physical activities after the procedure. Walking around will improve blood circulation throughout the body, and it will pace up the healing process.
Yes, health insurance does cover appendix removal surgery because it is a dangerous ailment that can result in potentially fatal consequences. Hence, most insurance companies give comprehensive coverage for the treatment of appendicitis. To use insurance to cover the cost of treatment, you only need to submit a claim and the required documentation.