Do you experience a dull pain in your navel or upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it reaches lower right abdomen? You might be experiencing signs of appendicitis! Appendicitis should be treated immediately to prevent further damage to the abdominal cavity. You can treat appendicitis when you know its symptoms. What are the symptoms? Read on…
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch long tube of tissue that projects from the lower right side of the large intestine.
Appendix doesn’t have a specific function. However when it gets inflamed, it should be removed. When left untreated, appendix might burst releasing infectious materials in the abdominal cavity. This can lead to the inflammation of the abdominal cavity.
What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
The symptoms of appendicitis are as follows:
- A dull pain that starts from the navel or upper abdomen and becomes sharp as it moves towards the lower right abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Decreased appetite
- Abdominal bloating
- Pain that worsens upon coughing, walking etc
- High fever
Other symptoms of appendicitis are as follows:
- Pain while passing urine
- Severe cramps
- Constipation or diarrhea
What causes appendicitis?
A blockage in the lining of the appendix can cause appendicitis. The blockage can be caused due to stool, foreign particle or cancer. Blockage can also occur because of infection since the appendix gets inflamed when the body suffers from infection.
How is appendicitis treated?
To treat appendicitis, the doctor will suggest a surgery. Prior to the surgery the doctor will recommend antibiotics to prevent infection. The surgery to remove appendicitis is called appendectomy.
Appendectomy can be carried out using abdominal incision of 2 to 4 inches. Appendectomy can also be carried out with the help laparoscopic surgery. In this surgery, the doctor makes small abdominal incisions. The doctor will insert special surgical tools and video camera into the abdomen to remove the appendix.
Usually laparoscopic surgery ensures quick recovery, it is less painful. It is suitable for elderly or obese people. But there is an exception. If the appendix has ruptured and infection has spread beyond the appendix or if the person has developed abscess, he may need an open appendectomy. An open appendectomy will allow the surgeon to clean the abdominal cavity.
The person should spend a day or two in the hospital after the surgery.
In case the appendix has burst and an abscess has formed around it, the doctor will insert a small tube into the abscess to drain it out. After leaving a gap of several weeks, the doctor will perform the surgery.
What happens when you ignore appendicitis?
When left untreated, appendicitis can lead to peritonitis. In peritonitis, infection from a ruptured appendix spreads in the abdominal cavity. This can be life-threatening. Hence when peritonitis occurs, the doctor will recommend an immediate surgery to prevent further damage.
Hence if you experience any of the symptoms of appendicitis, take action now! Consult a gastroenterologist online at eVaidya now!
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