Appendectomy

Appendectomy is one of the most common emergency surgeries we perform here at Surgical Associates of Mansfield. When the appendix - the small, tube-like sac located at the end of the first part of the colon - becomes inflamed, the condition is known as appendicitis. Numerous things can go wrong, resulting in the small appendage becoming irritated and infected. For one, the opening into the colon can get blocked with mucus, stool, or lymph tissue.The appendix itself is about the size of your finger. While the purpose of this body part is unknown, when it gets blocked and becomes infected, it can be extremely dangerous to the patient.
Image
An appendectomy procedure will remove the infected appendix and relieve pain and any other symptoms the patient is experiencing. We perform this procedure by single site robotically or laparoscopically. After the appendix is removed, the person is no longer at risk of appendicitis. It is imperative that an appendectomy is performed immediately when the individual begins to notice any of the symptoms of appendicitis we will go over below. If the organ is not removed, the appendix can burst, resulting in a serious abdominal infection called peritonitis.

Symptoms of Appendicitis

In most cases, the symptoms associated with appendicitis come on quickly, within a day or two, and are extremely painful. It is of the utmost importance that the patient seeks emergency medical care right away if they notice any of the following symptoms:
  • Aching pain starting around the belly button, then shifting to the lower right abdomen
  • Sharp pain or pressure that increases with movements such as walking or coughing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Constipation
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Diarrhea
If you experience any of the above, we encourage you to contact Mansfield Surgery right away. We always have an emergency surgeon on staff for these types of scenarios and will be able to treat your right away. An appendectomy is a relatively straightforward, common surgery that we perform at our clinic on a regular basis.

About Appendectomy

Unfortunately, appendicitis cannot be cured by medicine. However, an appendectomy can alleviate the symptoms and prevent any further complications from taking place. Removing the appendix will not affect your health long-term, which is why it is important to seek medical attention right away if you fear you are experiencing appendicitis. In the event your appendix becomes infected or bursts and is not removed, it could result in severe, life-threatening problems.

An appendectomy is the most common form of emergency gastrointestinal surgery and our surgeons are highly-trained and experienced with this procedure. During this operation, the surgeon will remove the appendix and close its connection to the colon. There are several different options for how this is done: either laparascopically or through an open incision. Here at Surgical Associates of Mansfield, we use robotic technology to help ensure accuracy and precision with all procedures, including appendectomy. Appendectomy is the quickest and easiest way to treat appendicitis, preventing the appendix from bursting and causing more issues. If the appendix ruptures before an appendectomy can be performed, the patient is not only at risk of infection, but they may also develop an abscess.

To learn more about the emergency surgery services offered at Surgical Associates of Mansfield, please contact us today. If you are in need of an appendectomy, we encourage you to come in immediately so we can assess your symptoms and proceed before your appendix ruptures.