The appendix is a small tube-like organ that lies in the lower right-hand side of the abdomen, connected to the large intestine or colon where faeces is formed. While its function is largely not known, it may cause appendicitis which begins as a pain in the abdomen only to become sharp and persistent over time. The condition calls for an emergency visit to the hospital and requires surgery for the removal of appendix from the body promptly and safely. If the inflamed organ perforates, it may cause severe infection within the abdomen and even throw a life at risk.
Although it’s unclear why we have an appendix, but removing it doesn’t harm the body and you can live without acquiring any health issues after getting appendix surgery done.
The known causes of appendicitis is the blockage of appendix that may occur due to some food residue, stool contents, intestinal worms or trauma. Contents may get trapped in the appendix and block it, which cause the appendix to swell gradually and get infected by bacteria. Bacteria multiply rapidly in that particular environment causing a serious infection in the abdomen. So, if there’s any delay in the appendix operation - it may burst while all intestinal contents will leak into the abdominal cavity.
Whether the cause of appendix inflammation is known or not, it is wise to get appendix treatment as early as possible.
The most apparent symptom of appendix inflammation is the beginning of pain around belly button that moves towards right-hand side of the abdomen. This can come and go at first, but become severe and sharp quickly. Other symptoms associated with appendicitis are:
However, there’s no easy or foolproof test but a series of diagnostic tests like blood test, imaging tests, ultrasound or CT scan that are carried out for investigation, diagnosis, and determination of treatment.
Once the diagnosis is made, the surgeon then determines the kind of surgical procedure (appendectomy) to perform, based on the complexity and nature of a case. Traditionally, there are two methods to perform the surgery:
The recovery time depends on the type of surgical method performed to treat appendicitis. It tends to be short with simple procedures, and up to 3 weeks with complicated operations to enable patients get back to their normal lives.
If you’re seeking exceptional surgical care services from diagnostic tests and procedures to complex appendix surgeries, and want to find out about appendix surgery cost in Dubai, request an appointment with our leading experts who can manage problems with your appendix effectively and safely.