Every year, around 300,000 people in the United States visit the hospital for appendicitis. An appendectomy is almost always required to “cure” acute appendicitis. Talk to skilled surgeons at One Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, New Jersey, if you think you or a family member has appendicitis. They can speak with you about an appendectomy and your surgical options. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, a tubelike organ attached to the large intestine that produces immunoglobulins, a bacteria-destroying protein.
Appendicitis causes pain in the lower right abdominal area. The pain usually starts around the belly button, moving outward and becoming more severe as the inflammation and infection get worse.
If not properly treated, your inflamed appendix can rupture and cause a potentially life-threatening infection called peritonitis (infection in the abdominal cavity).
An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s the primary treatment for appendicitis.
Though removing your appendix can increase your risk of developing infections, you can live a long, healthy life without it. Once removed, other parts of your body take over the production of the bacteria-destroying protein.
The two surgical techniques the surgeons at One Surgical Specialists use to do an appendectomy are:
For a traditional open appendectomy, your surgeon makes an incision through the right lower abdominal wall and removes the inflamed appendix.
You’ll need a traditional open appendectomy if you have an advanced infection or a ruptured appendix.
During a laparoscopic appendectomy, your surgeon operates through three small incisions while watching an enlarged image of your internal organs on a computer monitor.
The surgeons do a laparoscopic appendectomy on patients who are in the early stages of appendicitis. Laparoscopic appendectomy offers many advantages compared to the traditional open appendectomy, including:
However, the surgeons might choose the traditional open appendectomy if it means a better outcome for the patient.
Recovery following an appendectomy varies. Though you can feel better within a few days, it takes time for your body to heal.
You should be able to get back to most of your daily activities, like showering, driving, and working, within 1-2 weeks after the procedure. Recovery takes 2-4 weeks if you’ve had an open appendectomy.
To schedule an appendectomy consultation at One Surgical Specialists, call the office today or book an appointment online.