AppendixThe appendix is a tubular structure which is attached to the right side of the large bowel (cecum). It produces bacteria destroying proteins - immunoglobulins which help fight infection in the body. However, function of appendix is not critical. People who have had appendectomies do not have an increased risk toward infection.
Appendicitis – inflammation of the appendix is one of the most common surgical problems. Treatment requires an operation to remove the infected appendix.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Usually, we operate through 3 small incisions (each 0.5 to 1 cm) while watching an enlarged image of the patient’s internal organs on a television monitor. After division of the blood supply to the appendix, its transsection, and closure of the appendiceal base, infected appendix is removed using a special protective bag from one of the incisions. A drain may be placed during the procedure. This will be removed before you leave the hospital.
Results may vary depending upon intraoperative findings and the patient’s overall condition, but overall laparoscopic appendectomy offers at least several advantages over traditional open operation:
Instructions after surgery:
After the operation, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions. Many people feel better in just a few days and usually not many restrictions apply. You are encouraged to be out of bed the day after surgery and to walk. This will help diminish the risk of blood clots in your legs and of soreness in your muscles. Usually people are able to get back to most of their normal activities in one to two weeks time. These activities include showering, driving, walking up stairs, working and engaging in sexual intercourse.
You appointment will be scheduled in two weeks following the operation.
You should notify your surgeon or your family doctor if:
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