At Marina del Rey Hospital, our highly skilled general surgeons provide patients with the most innovative diagnostic techniques and best surgical care when it comes to dealing with medical emergencies like acute appendicitis.
Appendicitis is the acute inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch that is found on the lower-right side of the abdomen. The appendix is shaped like a tube and is attached to the large intestine and is sometimes referred to as the vermiform appendix. This small tube-shaped organ is responsible for holding all of the good bacteria that help aid in normal digestion and fight off digestive infections. Appendicitis is a medical emergency. When a patient experiences the symptoms of appendicitis, they should seek medical care immediately. If left untreated, the appendix could rupture, leading to rapid spread of infection in the abdominal cavity, or peritonitis.
A diagnosis for appendicitis will require the removal of the appendix, or an appendectomy. Your surgeon will choose one of the following procedures depending on your case:
The most common type of treatment for acute appendicitis has always been the surgical removal of the organ. However, a series of recent studies have shown that a large number of patients suffering from milder forms of appendicitis can respond well to antibiotics and avoid any surgical procedures.
There are three different types of appendicitis:
Some of the most common symptoms found in patients suffering from appendicitis are:
Appendicitis is usually diagnosed by a physical examination, generally followed by different laboratory or imaging tests. Because the symptoms of appendicitis are extremely similar to those associated with a large number of other ailments, it is very difficult for doctors to make a quick appendicitis diagnosis. Some of the techniques used to diagnose appendicitis include:
Acute appendicitis is the result of the interior of the lumen (appendix) being blocked. This blockage leads to inflammation, increased pressure, and restricted blood flow. If the appendix is not removed, it may rupture and cause serious infection.
Acute appendicitis can only be treated with surgery in most of the cases. Delaying its treatment and diagnosis can result in extremely severe complications, such as sepsis and peritonitis. Before using any alternative treatment in connection to appendicitis, one must seek professional medical advice. That being said, there are some alternative treatments and home remedies that might alleviate the pain associated with appendicitis:
In general, appendicitis cannot be prevented. The only possible preventive measure one can take is consuming a high-fiber diet. According to some studies, when people add more fiber, fresh fruit, and fresh vegetables to their meals, there is a smaller incidence of appendicitis. Considering the fact that we cannot prevent appendicitis, we can at least prevent it from becoming severe by:
Are you experiencing symptoms of appendicitis? You can learn more about it and its treatment by getting in touch with our specially-trained general surgeons at Marina del Rey Hospital.
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