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Appendectomy

AppendectomyIf you are suffering from an acute case of inflammation or infection in the appendix, then you need an emergency procedure called appendectomy. It is advised that any sort of pain in the general area of the appendix (right lower abdomen) should not be ignored because the infection could spread within the abdomen and result in fatal consequences. At CODS, we perform appendectomy laparoscopically, a far superior procedure as compared to open surgery.

It can also be performed through a single incision which you can read about here.

Know the symptoms

If you experience more than one of the following symptoms it may be likely that your appendix is infected in which case medical intervention will be required.

Symptoms for Appendectomy
  • Shooting pains in the right lower abdomen
  • Continuous pain in the lower abdomen
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Sometimes repeated episodes of pain in the right lower abdomen maybe secondary to chronic appendicitis which differs from acute appendicitis

Surgery step-by-step

  • You will be administered general anesthesia for this procedure.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomies are performed using a cannula (a narrow tube like instrument) through which the surgeon enters the abdomen.
  • A laparoscope (a tiny telescope connected to a video camera) is inserted through a cannula, giving the surgeon a magnified view of the patient's internal organs on a television monitor.
  • 2 to 3 other cannulas are inserted to allow the surgeon to work inside and remove the appendix. The entire procedure will be completed through the cannulas inserted using 5 mm cuts. If done by the single incision technique, there is one single cut in the navel which is hardly visible after healing.

FAQs

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure usually lasts for 30 – 45 minutes.

What happens after the surgery?

You will be able to move around within 4 hours of surgery. Usually food can be consumed that evening itself.

Within a week you will be able to get back to most of your normal activities, these include driving, walking up stairs, working and engaging in sexual intercourse.

What are the advantages of getting an appendectomy performed laparoscopically?

The advantages of getting the surgery performed laparoscopically are:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Quicker return to normal activity
  • Regaining normal bowel function faster
  • Much lesser scarring post surgery