What is Appendicitis Surgery?
This common condition is an infection of the appendix. It can cause pain at the lower right side of the abdomen. Treatment is with intravenous antibiotics and surgery for removal of the appendix. This surgery is commonly done with the keyhole or laparoscopic technique.
What is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis can affect anybody, but it commonly occurs in individuals between 10 and 30 years old. However, the signs and symptoms do not always follow a simple pattern. If the appendix gives way, pus and infected material will leak into the whole abdomen. Thic can cause an infection of the abdominal cavity known as peritonitis, a life-threatening infection.
What to expect?
Before the procedure
- Stop all food and drinks when experiencing pain and immediately seek a doctors opinion
- All regular medications will be stopped unless absolutely necessary under a doctors supervision.
- If appendicitis is suspected, you will be admitted and kept fasted.
- You will be started on intravenous fluid and antibiotics.
- A CT scan may be required for diagnosis. However, most of the time diagnosis is confirmed with a history and physical examination (clinical).
On the day of the procedure
- The appendix is usually removed with the keyhole technique.
- If caught early, the surgery is straightforward and you may be discharged in 24 hours. However the length of stay and recovery from the procedure depends on the patient and severity of the appendicitis.
- Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.
After the procedure
- You may be allowed to drink fluids and eat within the next 24 hours. However, allow your appetite to guide you. Do not force food.