Appendectomy / Appendix Surgery New Jersey
The appendectomy involves the removal of the appendix through surgical means.
An appendectomy is often performed in an emergency setting after the appendix has become inflamed and enlarged. This does not always have to be the case however, as there are warning signs that the appendix is beginning to inflame. Dull or sharp abdominal pain can start in the central abdominal area, which will eventually migrate to the lower right abdominal area. This area will become sensitive to any pressure, however a classic sign of the onset of appendicitis is pain as pressure is released from the area.
If patients are presenting signs of appendix-related pain – or any other unusual abdominal pain – they should contact their doctor immediately to understand the possible root cause. If the pain is ignored, it can lead to vomiting and ultimately a fever, by which time the problem is a very dangerous emergency.
If left untreated, an inflamed appendix can be deadly once it bursts; it can cause sepsis or infection in the abdominal cavity, which is difficult to treat.
How Is An Appendectomy Performed?
Like most other general abdominal surgeries, the appendectomy can be performed either as an open, or minimally invasive (laparoscopic) procedure. If possible, patients will be consulted on their preference as laparoscopic procedures present fewer visible scars after surgery and ultimately shorten recovery time and produce lower blood loss and less pain. Generally speaking, a laparoscopic appendectomy is the most favorable surgical method, however not all patients will be indicated for that procedure.
Risks and Considerations
All major surgical procedures come with a degree of risk that includes that of general anesthesia, bleeding, infection and other complications. Procedure specific risks mostly revolve around the condition of the appendix and ensuring that it is not perforated during surgery. A perforation can lead to infection and serious complications.
Your surgeon will be able to offer a more detailed benefit and risk analysis for an appendectomy after they are able to evaluate a patient’s particular circumstance.