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All You Need to Know about Appendix Removal Surgery

05 Sep, 2022

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What is an Appendix?

An appendix is a basically vestigial organ that was required in the evolutionary phase but is totally non-functional at this point of the time in our body. The appendix looks like a tube that is three and a half inches long and extends from the lower right side of the large intestine. The inflammation and swelling of the appendix are known as Appendicitis which is a very common condition and found in nearly 1 in 20 people who suffer from it at some point in their life. It can occur at any age and at any time of life. Now, one may ask what causes appendix surgery. People who suffer from appendicitis usually suffer from inflammation of the appendix that causes severe abdominal pain that almost always requires surgical removal of the appendix.

What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

The symptoms of appendicitis usually include pain and loss of appetite; some of the other symptoms might include:

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  • Excruciating abdominal pain
  • Swollen belly
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in passing stool
  • Severe cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in back and sides

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Why is appendix surgery required?

Individuals suffering from appendicitis experience extreme or unbearable pain in the lower side of their abdomen that does not allow a person to do any task, for which they require immediate medical attention in order to get relief. In most of cases, the doctor recommends an appendicectomy or appendix surgery in order to give relief to the patient.

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Appendix surgery is required in order to get rid of the infection that causes inflammation and swelling in the appendix. This further causes problems in passing stool and negligence which might develop abscess that always brings the risk of the appendix getting ruptured which might cause a life-threatening condition. In order to prevent any kind of life-threatening condition, appendix surgery is required.

How many days does it take to recover from an appendix surgery?

Appendix surgery is not a very complicated surgery and today the best doctors in India usually prefer laparoscopic techniques that are used in order to perform appendix surgery.

A Laparoscope is basically a device that has a tiny camera attached to its one end that guides the doctor in order to see the condition of the inside of the body on a large monitor screen that helps the doctor in performing the surgery with absolute precision.

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This process leaves less scar, is more accurate, prevents the risk of excessive blood loss, is less painful and the patient is able to recover faster as compared to traditional surgical methods. A person who goes through appendix surgery is generally able to resume normal activity in 2 to 3 weeks. Further, one should avoid strenuous activities that might put any pressure on the abdominal region.

How long does appendix removal surgery take?

As mentioned earlier appendectomy is usually done through a laparoscopic technique that takes less time and provides faster recovery. Typically the procedure takes about an hour and the person after 2 to 3 days of observation is sent home if there are no complications or risk of any infection.

How long does appendix removal surgery last?

The recovery from appendix surgery is quite fast, and patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days after the surgery. The surgery usually lasts as there is no requirement for an appendix and it does not cause any health-related problems even if the appendix is removed.

How many days does it take to recover from appendix surgery?

Appendix surgery is basically a minor procedure that lasts for about 1 hour. Today, modern laparoscopic techniques are used with the help of which the surgery takes less time and the recovery is also faster as compared to the previously performed open surgery. The recovery depends from person to person but as surgery is quite minor people generally recover within 2 to 4 weeks.

How much does it cost for appendix surgery in India?

The cost of surgery generally depends upon various factors such as the type of hospital, condition of the patient, requirement of the patient or some added medical problem, cost of surgery, cost of the ward etc.

The cost of appendectomy or appendix surgery in India usually begins from 40000 and above based upon the condition required of the patient, the requirement of the patient and the hospital.

How to cure appendix pain without surgery?

In cases where the infection is mild, the general physician usually tries to treat the condition with the help of antibiotics. Generally, surgery can be avoided if the infection is mild and there are no other symptoms that could be life-threatening.

In such cases, doctors try to improve the condition with the help of medicines and antibiotics. There are few patients who cannot go through the surgery because of their test results, health or age, in such cases also surgery is avoided. With the help of medicines, antibiotics and changes in lifestyle one can get relief from the pain.

What are the side effects of appendix surgery?

Generally, appendix surgery is a safe procedure and has minimal side effects. One must take a lot of precautions after the surgery so that the risk and side effects can be minimized, for instance, one should not do any strenuous task or lift any heavy object.

Some common side effects after appendix removal surgery include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Gas pain
  • Indigestion
  • Irregular bowel movement

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If you are looking for an appendix removal surgery in India, we will assist you and guide you throughout your medical treatment and will be physically present with you even before it begins.

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What are the dos and don'ts after appendix removal surgery?

Dos:

  • Try to maintain hygiene and keep your incision clean and dry in order to prevent any kind of infection.
  • Try to eat soft, less spicy and easy-to-digest food so that there is less pressure on the digestive system
  • Try to do sedentary jobs only.

Don't:

  • Limit physical activity and strenuous work that includes abdominal muscles.
  • Do not lift any kind of heavy object.
  • Avoid standing for long hours.
  • Avoid excessive walking and climbing stairs.
  • Do not travel long
  • Do not take any medicine that is not prescribed by the doctor in case of pain or any other problem.

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Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation and swelling of the appendix. It can cause severe abdominal pain and discomfort. It's a common condition affecting about 1 in 20 individuals at some point in their lives.