Appendicectomy

An appendicectomy, otherwise known as appendix removal surgery, is the removal of the appendix a surgical procedure. Typically, this sort of procedure is used as a standard treatment for appendicitis, an inflammation of the appendix. If the appendicectomy is not done before the infected appendix ruptures within the abdominal cavity, it can have severe consequences to a person’s health and even lead to fatalities in extreme case. The appendix removal is completed using laparoscopic surgery through an incision in the lower-right abdominal wall.

The appendix is a small pouch that is located on the lower right hand side of the abdomen and is attached to the large intestine. It often varies in length, width and position. It is thought to have served a purpose in the digestive process at some point in our ancestral past, but its present functionality is not completely known.

We do not need our appendix as it performs no obvious day-to-day functions within the body. Present thinking now postulates that the appendix serves some sort of function in maintaining a healthy balance of gut-bacteria in the large intestine but this is just speculation at present. What is known is that human can undergo an appendix removal without it impacting their health, something which one in every two thousand people will be required to do during their lifetime.

Appendix surgery to remove an inflamed appendix is necessary since it can be fatal if the appendix bursts within the abdominal cavity because bacteria is released into the abdominal cavity from a ruptured appendix which cause sepsis. In laymen’s terms, an inflamed appendix is known as appendicitis.

Symptoms of appendicitis include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, central abdominal pain moving to the right lower abdomen and fever. The inflammation causes the lower right hand area of the abdomen to swell and become rigid. This inflammation is considerably painful and can make ordinary tasks like walking, simple movements or even coughing extremely painful. If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, we strongly urge you to contact us at our local Perth clinic, or even head to the emergency room if the inflammation is very severe.

Conditions such as this are indicative of the need for an appendicectomy as soon as possible.

An appendicectomy is the standard treatment for appendicitis as it is critical to remove the appendix before it perforates since this can lead to significant health complications – even death.

Appendix removal surgery is a relatively simple procedure involving a general anaesthesia. There are two surgical methods that your surgeon may opt to employ depending on your circumstances. Generally, a laparoscopic (key-hole) appendicectomy is the preferred type of surgery but an open appendicectomy through an incision made in the lower right hand side of the stomach is sometimes required if the appendix cannot be removed laparoscopically.

This type of appendix surgery might be required depending on the state of the appendix at the time it needs to be removed, Mr Siva Gounder can perform this assessment at our Perth Weight Loss Surgery clinic and recommend the best course of action for the appendix removal to take place safely.

The recovery time after appendix removal surgery is minimal and one can usually you can go home the day after the surgery.

Appendicitis, the inflammations of the appendix, is caused by the hollow section of the appendix becoming blocked. The primary symptoms of nausea, decreased appetite and even vomiting are not exhibited by four people out of ten that require appendix surgery.

The blockage is caused by calcified faecal matter that has accumulated within the large intestine. The surrounding tissues become infected and the appendix begins to swell as a response to this infection. Blood flow to the tissue diminishes and bacterial growth begins to increase. As with any body part that swells, it becomes painful to the touch. Since the appendix is internal, the swelling translates to the outer abdominal wall and the lower right hand side of one’s stomach will by association become painful to the touch. This is a strong sign that your appendix is inflamed and needs to be removed.

Diagnosing appendicitis and the need to for an appendicectomy often depends on the symptoms one exhibits. Should the diagnosis not be immediately obvious, most surgeons will not opt for an unnecessary appendix removal, and will most likely run a series of tests to try and determine the nature of your symptoms. Our highly experienced team at Perth Weight Loss Surgery can perform any of these non-invasive tests to determine whether you are suffering from mild appendicitis.

These tests may include an ultrasound, medical imaging or a CT scan, which can be completed in our Perth facilities. Due to the associated radioactive component with a CT Scan, we may recommend an ultrasound, particularly for small children or pregnant woman. Though a CT scan is more accurate in diagnosing appendicitis

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