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Appendix is a 4 inch long organ found in the lower right side of the abdomen near the hip bone. It is a finger like structure and has no known function. Sometimes, undigested food material or stool particles can cause a blockage in the appendix. This causes it to swell.
When this swelling becomes infected and filled with pus, it causes pain in the right lower abdomen. This condition is called Acute Appendicitis. And in order to remove the inflamed appendix before it becomes further infected or ruptures, an Appendectomy is performed.
Appendectomy is one of the most common abdominal surgeries seen in hospitals.
Appropriate cure for most cases of appendicitis is removal of the appendix. Since appendix doesn’t have any known uses, and a ruptured appendix can be life threatening, decision to remove an errant appendix is a no-brainer.
How is Appendicectomy Performed
1 to 3 tiny holes are made in the stomach (1 hole at the navel in the case of scarless procedure, or 3 holes around the navel in case of minimal-scar procedure), through which the surgeon inserts thin chopsticks like implements called laparoscope . Tip of these sticks carry the eye-piece of a camera, pincer grip, other other surgical tools.
By looking through the camera, the surgeon locates the infected appendix, separates it from the intestine by tying or stapling it.
Once separated, the errant appendix is cut off using heat and removed.
The tiny holes in the abdomen are then closed up using sutures, leaving no scar behind.
Although appendicitis is common, if it ruptures due to infection, it can be fatal. So, stitch in time saves the life!
LIFE after LAPAROSCOPIC APPENDICECTOMY
Appendix has no significant function of its own. So one can live an absolutely normal life even without it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. J. S. Rajkumar
M.S., F.I.C.S., Dip. N.B. (SURG.), F.R.C.S. (ENG.), F.R.C.S. (EDIN.), F.R.C.S. (GLASGOW), F.R.C.S. (IRELAND), F.I.M.S., F.A.I.S., F.R.M.S. (LONDON), F.A.E. (GASTRO), F.A.C.G. (USA), F.I.C.A. (USA), F.I.A.G.E.S., Dip M.I.S. (FR.)
Dr. Prabhakaran Raju
Consultant Surgical Gastroenterology
Dr. S. Akbar
Consultant General and Laparoscopic Surgeon
Dr. Anirudh Rajkumar
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon