What is Laparoscopic Appendectomy?
An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It is usually performed on an emergency basis for the danger of a rupture thus causing harm to other organs of the body. The appendix is a small pouch that does not perform any dynamic functions in the body. It is located close to the large intestine which is vulnerable to infection due to the buildup of stool, bacteria, and other infectious material.
The appendix produces a bacteria terminating protein called immunoglobulin, which help combat infection in the body. People who have already gone through appendectomies do not have risks of infections. There is no loss of removing appendix as this organ has no mandatory function in the body. Once it is removed, other organs take over this function. The only treatment involved to get rid of the infection is the removal of appendix. Conventionally, the appendix is removed through an incision in the right lower abdominal wall. In most laparoscopic appendectomies the surgeons operate through small incisions.
Further Information About the Procedure
An appendectomy is a surgical procedure that doctors can usually perform using keyhole surgery which is also known as laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons usually perform an appendectomy under general anesthesia. As a result, the person will be sedated and would not know of the surrounding environment. A surgeon makes between one and three small incisions in the abdomen, into which they insert an apparatus called a port. Carbon dioxide is pumped through this port to inflate the stomach. The surgeon then inserts a lighted video camera through one of the incisions to view the internal organs of the patient. With the help of other tools the appendix is removed. The surgeon removes the surgical tools, which allows the carbon dioxide gas to escape. The incisions are then closed with stitches and bandages. A drain may be placed during the procedure.
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Benefits of Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Results may vary depending upon the type of procedure and patient’s overall condition.
Appendix is not vital for your body. People with or without appendix live the same life. There are no precautionary measures required which might create hurdles in the quality of your life.
Digesting food will be easy. Conditions such as bloating and stomach pain will be avoided.
The pain might be reduced to a greater extent.
If the appendix has not been ruptured and there are no other complications, your hospital stay will be short.
Quicker bowel function increases stool volume and is therefore commonly used to resolve constipation and diarrhea. There will be a reduction in intestinal infections.
You will probably be able to get back to most of your normal activities in one to two weeks’ time. Your doctor might recommend you to walk as this will prevent the occurrence of blood clots and soreness of muscles.
Potential Risks of Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Laparoscopic appendectomy is more difficult to perform if there is progressive infection or the appendix has ruptured.
The patient will need to stay for longer at the hospital if their appendix has ruptured. The medical treatment will be aggressive and the patient will be kept under observation in case of complications. So basically, the recovery time and the risk of complications depend on the severity of appendicitis and whether or not the appendix ruptured.
A doctor will talk to the patient about activity restrictions. It will normally take a patient to recover in two weeks’ time. However, most children can return to school within a week of the surgery if their appendix did not rupture.
An estimated 3 percent of patients go through operative complication after the surgery. This prevents the passage of stool, gas, and fluid through the intestines. This blockage can result in severe complications if left untreated.
Wound infection is the most common complication of an appendectomy. Other relatively occasional complications may include ileus (lack of intestinal peristalsis), surgical injuries to internal organs, infection of the bowel, peritonitis (infection in the peritoneal cavity) and bowel obstruction.
A blood clot might occur or infection like urinary tract infection might take place. There might be heart complications, all depending on the patient’s current health.
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