What is an appendix?
The appendix, the small intestine, is a small, thin part that hangs to the right of the abdomen. The appendix looks a lot like a finger. If there is any infection (appendicitis) in the appendix, then it is very important to remove the appendix immediately after the operation. Otherwise, the infection causes a leak or sore in the appendix and the infection spreads throughout the abdomen.
What is appendicitis?
Appendicitis was first reported in the sixteenth century. At first this disease was called peritophilitis. Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix that causes pain and inflammation in the appendix. Although the appendix is a completely inactive organ in our body, treatment for appendicitis should be done very soon. If treatment is delayed, the infection can spread throughout the abdomen, even to the point of rupture of the appendix.
Why is appendicitis?
The exact cause of appendicitis is not yet known. However, appendicitis can also occur if there is a viral infection in the digestive tract or if there is a blockage in the ducts connected to the large intestine and appendix or if the stool gets stuck. In this condition, blood clots form in the appendix and erosion or leakage is also seen in the appendix, from where the infection is likely to spread throughout the abdomen. Therefore, if you have any symptoms of appendicitis, you should see a doctor as soon as possible without delay.
How is appendicitis treated?
If you have appendicitis, doctors usually remove the appendix by surgery. Sometimes the abdomen is cut or sometimes the appendix is removed by laparoscopic (not cutting) method.
What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
Can any patient undergo laparoscopic appendicitis?
No, laparoscopic procedures are not very good for patients who have heart disease, COPD or any previous illness. If someone has had an abdominal operation before, it is not easy for them to perform laparoscopic appendicitis, and there is a risk of general anesthesia in older people.
How long does it take to recover from laparoscopic appendicitis?
It is possible to return to normal life within 2 to 3 weeks after the operation and the patient recovers very quickly.