An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s a common emergency surgery that’s performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammatory condition of the appendix. The appendix is a small, tube-shaped pouch attached to your large intestine (a few inches in length). It’s located in the lower right side of your abdomen.
Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix, due to which the Appendix may need to be removed. As the appendix is a vestigial (unnecessary) organ, the removal causes no difference to the internal working of your abdominal organ systems.
Appendicitis is an emergency and emergency appendectomy needs to be performed immediately to prevent complications.
Laparoscopic Appendectomy –
1. What is the procedure
It means laparoscopically removal of infected Appendix
The laparoscopic appendectomy surgery or keyhole surgery is conducted in a few simple steps.
- Around 1 to 3 incisions are made in the abdomen region
- Then a laparoscope and other surgical devices are placed in through these incisions
- Then Identify the Appendix and ligate it and remove it from its base.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Results may vary depending upon the type of procedure and the patient’s overall condition. Common advantages are:
- Less postoperative pain
- May shorten hospital stay
- May result in a quicker return to bowel function
- Quicker return to normal activity
- Better cosmetic results
Are you Appropriate For
You should consult a doctor to find out if you need to undergo an appendix removal surgery or not:
- When you are experiencing mild pain around the abdomen area on a consistent basis
- The pain intensifies with passing time
- Fever or constipation or nausea (vomiting) coupled with the pain
2. Before surgery
Get a thorough medical check-up done in an appendicitis laparoscopic surgery Hospital before undergoing an appendicitis removal surgery. Please ensure that you are fit for a laparoscopic appendectomy or not. There are some patients for whom this surgery might not be appropriate. While non-ruptured appendicitis might be removed laparoscopically, laparoscopic appendectomy becomes a difficult process if there is an advanced infection in place.
Though it does not take much time to recover from this surgery you might as well feel a bit tired till at least a week. The pain might take some time to heal. You may be instructed not to take a bath at least 2 days post laparoscopic appendectomy surgery.
Please get out of bed a day or two after the surgery and take a walk. The walk will lead to reduced blood clots in your legs. Notify your surgeon in case of prolonged pain even after consuming prescribed medicines. Schedule a follow-up check-up in around two weeks time
5. Time taken
It might take a very short duration to complete the entire operation.
6. Risk & complications
In spite of the immediate advantages of laparoscopic appendix removal, there might be several complications as well. The risks include infection, bleeding, blood clot in the lung area, injury to nearby organs like the intestine, bladder, etc. The risks, however, are similar to that of open surgeries.
The immediate advantage of this surgery is, of course, you are free of a potential source of infection in your body!
Within one or two weeks you should be able to get back to most of your normal activities including driving, showering, working, etc.