What is an appendectomy?

In case of diagnosis of appendicitis, a surgical operation called appendectomy is prescribed.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. During the pathological process, the patient complains of pain in the lower abdomen, on the right side. The more the inflammatory process worsens, the more intense the pain level. The standard method of treatment is surgical excision of the appendix.

Appendectomy is an emergency medical intervention and dangerous complications of appendicitis are prevented by this method.

Today, as a rule, the procedure is performed laparoscopically.

Appendicitis is an emergency case, because it is so small in size that swelling of the appendix against the background of the inflammatory process proceeds quickly, therefore, the risk of its rupture increases every second. A ruptured appendix is a concern because the infection may spread to the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis. Sepsis will develop if the infection enters the bloodstream. The only effective way to prevent such a complication is to consult a doctor on time.

In case of signs of appendicitis, take the patient to the clinic immediately and remember that the rupture of the appendix is expected within 36 hours after the first symptoms of appendicitis appear.

In the postoperative period, you must follow all the instructions of the attending physician. Consult a doctor immediately if you notice symptoms of infection, namely:

  • Redness or swelling in the wound area;
  • Fever;
  • Spasm, cramping in the abdomen;
  • Loss of appetite.