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Laparoscopic appendectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of an appendix that has an acute inflammation, commonly known as appendicitis. An appendix is a small, finger-shaped pouch of the intestine that protrudes from a person’s colon on the bottom right side of the abdomen.  

At Clemenceau Medical Centre Hospital our team of Laparoscopic and Robotic General surgeons have performed thousands of minimally invasive surgeries and provide the best options for Appendectomy surgery in Dubai.  

Causes of Appendicitis 

After the lining of the appendix becomes blocked, it inflames and becomes infected. Parasites, foreign bodies, and many other factors could obstruct the appendix causing this condition. Due to this obstruction, bacteria that are normally found in the colon quickly grow, causing the appendix to enlarge and pus to develop.  As the pus develops, the appendix grows then signs of appendicitis begin to appear.  

Signs and Symptoms of Appendicitis 

Some of the common signs and symptoms of appendicitis include: 

  • A sudden lower abdominal ache that starts on the right side 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Pain that gets worse when the patient coughs, or moves jarringly 
  • Nausea and diarrhoea 
  • Low-grade fever that could get worse when the condition gets worse 
  • Stomach bloating 

Diagnosis of Appendicitis 

To diagnose appendicitis, the doctor assesses the medical history of the patient and conducts a detailed physical exam of the abdomen. The doctor might also recommend additional procedures to confirm the diagnosis of appendicitis. The tests include: 

  • White blood count – high: This will enable the doctor to confirm an infection  
  • Urine test: This test is mainly done so as to rule out urinary infection as the cause of the patient’s abdominal pain 
  • Imaging tests:  An abdominal X-ray or abdominal ultrasound to confirm appendicitis 

Treatment – Laparoscopic Appendectomy 

In the treatment of appendicitis, a surgical procedure known as laparoscopic appendectomy is used to remove the inflamed appendix and prevent it from rupturing into the abdomen. 

A laparoscopic appendectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the doctor makes a number of small incisions in the patient’s abdomen, inserts a tiny camera and specific surgical tools, and allows them to look within the patient’s abdomen to successfully remove the inflamed appendix. 

The entire process typically lasts between one or two hours, whereby the patient will be closely watched the entire time. 

Benefits of Laparoscopic Appendectomy 

  • It is less invasive procedure 
  • Has a quicker recovery time 
  • Minimal pain is experienced 

The Importance of Not Appendicitis Untreated.  

If not treated on time, appendicitis may lead to the bursting of the appendix, which is the major complication because the lining of the abdomen, known as peritoneum, becomes infected with a bacteria. This leads to a condition called peritonitis. 

 

 

 

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