Appendectomy – Surgical Removal of Appendix

An appendectomy is a surgical method to remove the appendix. The appendix is a part of colon and is attached to the lower side of abdomen. Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and irritated due to an infection. It is characterized by severe abdominal pain, elevated temperature, diarrhoea and constipation. The condition is more commonly observed in males than in females.

The latest technique using minimal invasive methods recommended by the surgeons is laparoscopic appendectomy. It has many benefits to traditional methods. The pain involved is very less after the surgery and also incision made is small.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy Procedure

  • The patient is given general anaesthesia
  • Three to four small incisions are made in the lower abdominal region
  • Through one of the incision, a laparoscope attached to a camera is inserted. A monitor is connected to it. The laparoscope sends the images that can be viewed on the monitor.
  • Other incisions are used to hold and remove the appendix.
  • For a proper view of work place in the abdomen, carbon-dioxide gas in inflated into the abdominal cavity.
  • The infected appendix is now cautiously dissected and removed.
  • Carbon-dioxide gas is removed and the incisions are stitched back using clips or staples.

Appendectomy Benefits

Appendectomy holds many benefits over the open abdominal surgical methods. They include:

  • Small incisions that cure very quickly
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less pain after the surgery
  • Rapid functioning of bowel movements
  • Rapid return to work

Appendectomy Complications

Any surgical technique can hold some or the other risks. Laparoscopic appendectomy too holds some risks and may develop complications that are very rare. The complications include:

  • Difficulty in urination. In this cases, the surgeon may suggest a temporary catheter that helps in draining the bladder.
  • Surrounding structure such as nerves, blood vessels, intestines or bladder may injure.
  • Certain infections may develop that involves abdomen, blood or wound.
  • Bleeding may also occur.

2 responses to Appendectomy – Surgical Removal of Appendix

  1. my stool smells really really bad i just got out of the hospital, i have been walking fine and sleeping fine and even urinating fine. gas passes fine a lil odd feeling but nothing uncomfortable..also the stool looks black to me.. the paper is a dark green after first wipe am i bleeding or is it the liquid diet of water, coffee, broths and jello? i had grits earlier but i didn’t eat alot as i wasn’t particularly hungry.

  2. thank,lm enjoy the lesson..

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