Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It may be acute or chronic. The appendix is a small, worm-like appendage attached to the colon. The appendix sits at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine. Surgical removal of the appendix causes no observable health problems.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, and bacteria invade and infect the wall and lumen of the appendix.
The appendix often becomes inflamed, infected, and can rupture. This causes severe pain in the right lower part of the belly, along with nausea, vomiting & fever.
Appendicitis usually is suspected on the basis of a patient’s history and physical examination; however, a white blood cell count, urinalysis, abdominal X-ray, barium enema, Ultrasonography, CT scan, and laparoscopy also may be helpful in diagnosis.
The treatment for appendicitis usually is antibiotics and appendectomy (surgery to remove the appendix).
PELVINIC’S APPROACH TOWARDS APPENDICITIS
An Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. Appendectomy is the only treatment for appendicitis. Dr Sandip Banerjee uses the Laparoscopic Appendectomy (several small cuts and using a camera to see inside). Surgery is also needed to remove tumors of the appendix. If the tumor is large, it may require more aggressive surgery with removal of part of the colon.