Appendicitis is basically an inflammation of the appendix, a vestigial organ found in the lower right side of the abdomen. It is a medical emergency and it requires prompt surgery without which the appendix will burst spilling infectious substances in the abdominal cavity. Appendicitis is most common between the age group of 10 to 30 and is very rare under the age of 2.
It occurs because of the blockage that is caused due to stool or a foreign body or may be even cancer. The blockage may also be caused due to infection in the body since the appendix generally is found to swell in response to any infection.
The typical symptoms of Appendicitis are as follows:
In case of the above symptoms timely treatment is very much essential. One should not drink or eat any laxatives or antacids and should abstain from using any heating pads which might cause the inflamed appendix to rupture.
Appendicitis can only be treated by Appendectomy which is the surgical removal of the appendix. A four inch incision is performed on the patient via Laparoscopy. The patient is generally on his feet by the next twelve hours after the surgery and can get back to work within two to three weeks. The patient is generally given antibiotics before the operation as prevention from possible peritonitis.
To help diagnose Appendicitis the Doctor first asks for the patients’ history and the symptoms. Further tests and diagnosis are as follows:
There are no particular precautions or prevention for Appendicitis as the disease can occur in anybody. But it is mostly found in people with sedentary lifestyle with low fiber rich diet, high sugar, heredity and infection.
A typical Appendectomy in United States of America may cost in between $10,000 to $35,000 depending on the hospital, the Doctors’ fees and the kind of operation performed that is whether the surgery performed is Laparoscopic or open operation.