The appendix is a tube-shaped organ that is attached to the large intestine. An appendectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the appendix to treat tumors, cancer and/or appendicitis, a condition where the appendix is inflamed. Our surgeon, Dr. Prasad is highly experienced in removing the appendix through both open surgery and minimally invasive procedures.
What Causes Appendicitis?
When your appendix is blocked due to an infection, a foreign body, stool, or cancer, it becomes swollen and inflamed. Bacteria and pus build up inside the organ, causing pain around the belly button and at the lower right section of the abdomen.
Symptoms of Appendicitis
Some of the symptoms of an appendix disorder include:
- Pain that starts around the belly button which then shifts to the lower right abdomen.
- Abdominal swelling
- Loss of appetite
- Constipation or diarrhea
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention for timely diagnosis and treatment if needed.
Why Is an Appendectomy Performed?
Appendix surgery is performed to treat appendicitis. If appendicitis is not treated immediately, your appendix may burst, and bacteria and fecal particles can spread into the abdomen. This may cause a serious infection called peritonitis. You may also develop an abscess if your appendix ruptures. Both situations are life-threatening and require immediate surgery.
Common Tests to Diagnose Appendicitis
The following tests are performed to diagnose appendicitis:
- Abdominal exam
- Rectal exam
- Urine test
- Blood test
- CT scans and/or ultrasound
Your surgeon may choose either open or laparoscopic appendectomy depending on the severity of your appendicitis and medical condition.
Why Choose Us for an Appendectomy?
Dr. Prasad is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating common and uncommon disorders of the appendix using the latest technology. He uses the least invasive treatment option that results in shorter recovery time and better outcome.
Call us at 907-276-3676 to get the best treatment option or answer any questions you may have.
Dr. Madhu Prasad has over 30+ years of experience working as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist and providing the highest level of care in Anchorage, Alaska. He believes in providing quality care to patients and their families. Inspired by compassion and humanism, Dr. Prasad and his team work for the well-being of their patients. Click here to know more about him.