Treatment for appendicitis usually involves surgery to remove the appendix called an appendectomy. Appendectomies are a fairly common type of surgery, and has a very high success rate, with very little, if any, side effects.
The modern method of appendectomy is through laparoscopic surgery. This is a process wherein the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen and this is where surgical instruments are placed. The surgeon then manipulates these instruments to help take out the appendix.
On the other hand, the more traditional form of surgery is open surgery. This involves making a cut near the appendix that is big enough to take out the appendix..
Both of these methods are safe, and patients are also placed under general anesthesia (for laparoscopic) or spinal anesthesia (for open).
Recovery for laparoscopic surgery can take as little as 24 hours, while an open surgery might require a week of recovery. In terms of effectiveness, both are very effective forms.
What if the appendix has ruptured?
In cases wherein the appendix has ruptured, the treatment would be a bit more complicated. The appendix is still removed, but the surgeon will also clean the inside of your abdomen to prevent any bacterial infection. As a result, the cuts involved might be larger or more time will be spent in surgery.
It’s also possible for surgeons to treat the infection first by draining the pus and giving the patient antibiotics before any surgery. When the infection is under control, the doctors will then perform surgery on the patient to remove the ruptured appendix.