Symptoms of Appendicitis
- 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
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to pass gas
- Abdominal swelling
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.