What are the treatment options for appendicitis?
Once the doctor diagnoses appendicitis, you will be asked to undergo appendectomy – the emergency surgery that removes the appendix. There are two types of appendectomy – keyhole surgery and open surgery.
In Keyhole Surgery, 3 to 4 small cuts are made and different instruments are inserted in the patient’s abdomen. These include an instrument that pumps gas to enlarge the abdomen and gives more room for the doctor to move, a laparoscope, a tube with light and camera used for visualization, and surgical instruments used to remove the appendix. In Open Surgery, the doctor makes one (larger) cut in the lower right side of the abdomen.
Recovery time from appendectomy depends on the type of surgery performed. If you had the Keyhole Surgery, the doctor may send you home in just 24 hours after the operation. If you underwent the Open Surgery, it may take up to a week before you can go home. Before going home, the doctor will give you instructions on proper wound care and will prescribe painkillers or antibiotics to prevent the onset of infection.
Key Takeaways about Appendicitis or Gas Pain
When you know how to determine if the abdominal pain is caused by appendicitis and gas, then you will be more ready to face the medical emergency brought about by appendix infection.
Just remember that appendicitis pain is sudden and sharp and often felt on the lower right side of the tummy. This pain, along with other appendicitis signs and symptoms, must alert you right away that you need medical attention.