An inflamed appendix in the large intestine is known as an Appendicitis condition. The appendix is a finger-shaped pouch located in the large intestine projecting from the lower right side of your abdomen. Appendicitis is the most common cause of abdomen pain, especially in the lower right side of your abdomen. The appendix has no recorded purpose in the human body, and it is only removed when it causes adverse effects on health. The surgery performed to remove the appendix is known as “Appendectomy”.
Appendicitis during pregnancy can be misdiagnosed as another common symptom or discomfort caused by pregnancy. However, appendicitis should be diagnosed as early as possible because delayed treatment can increase the risk of pregnancy complications, including miscarriage. The location of the appendix in pregnancy shifts upwards, making the diagnosis harder. The acute type is the most common emergency during pregnancy. Book an appointment to have the best treatment.
Two types of appendicitis scans are seen in patients such as:
The most common type of appendicitis which occurs suddenly and in a severe way, is acute appendicitis. Here, the abdominal pain quickly intensifies within 24 hrs, which requires immediate medical treatment. if not treated, your appendix can rupture, causing severe and fatal complications.
This is less common appendicitis and can only be seen in patients who already have acute appendicitis. This chronic type might be dangerous, whose symptoms might disappear and reappear over a while.
Common symptoms of appendicitis are as follows:
Abdominal bloating or swelling
Inability to pass gas
Loss of appetite
Sudden pain in the appendix
Pain when you cough and walk
Constipation or diarrhoea
Low-grade fever that progresses with illness
Your doctor may conduct a physical examination to examine the tenderness in the lower right part of your abdomen. Any swelling or rigidity is examined in this area. A digital rectal exam may also be conducted to confirm the appendicitis condition. Doctors can also suggest other tests to confirm appendicitis. After examining the symptoms and no other cause is identified, this can be diagnosed as appendicitis. The diagnostic tests conducted to confirm appendicitis are as follows:
Abdominal imaging tests and scans
Chest imaging tests
The only way to get rid of the inflamed appendix is to remove it from the body through Appendectomy surgery. Doctors will recommend the best course of treatment, mostly antibiotics and appendicitis surgery.
Before the appendectomy is performed, pain relievers, IV fluids and a liquid diet are suggested to the patient. If the abscess is not ruptured, needle drainage is performed to drain the abscess before surgery. Though mild appendicitis can get better with antibiotics alone, surgery is necessary to treat severe appendicitis. Visit our general surgery hospital in Mysore for the best treatment.
The appendicitis surgery is known as Appendectomy, where the patient’s appendix is removed through this surgery. Open surgery may require cuts to treat the patient. Laparoscopic Appendectomy is Manipal Hospitals, Mysore's most advanced appendicitis surgery.
This laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and requires a tiny incision in the abdominal area. Doctors also clean the abdominal cavity in case of an appendix burst. The appendix is now removed through a laparoscope. This laparoscopic surgery is simple and common, offering faster healing and recovery time, no big cuts, and fewer complications. Patients can generally go home the day after surgery.
If left untreated, appendicitis turns into a severe condition causing life-threatening complications such as:
Ruptured appendix (Peritonitis condition)
The painful pocket of pus around the burst appendix (Abscesses)
Widespread bacteria in the bloodstream (Sepsis)
One has to note that the complications and risks associated with surgery and antibiotics are far less serious than untreated appendicitis' severe complications. Contact your doctor immediately if you identify any of the appendicitis symptoms.