An appendectomy is the surgery required for appendix removal. The common procedure here at Gulf View General is usually performed laparoscopically. Approximately 300,000 appendectomies are performed in the U.S. each year. The recovery time varies, depending on the surgery’s severity. If Dr. Perez-Soto performs laparoscopic surgery, it is often an outpatient method so that the patient can recover at home resuming normal activities in a number of days. Complete healing takes between 4 to 6 weeks.
Appendicitis is a complicated issue to diagnose, but here at Gulf View General we work as swiftly as possible to diagnose and provide immediate surgery for appendicitis patients.
When a patient comes to us with severe pain around the belly button region, and in the lower right abdomen, we take that as a reason to test for appendicitis. Sometimes the pain from appendicitis can become more severe when one walks, runs, coughs, sneezes or lifts heavy items. Pain often intensifies with length of time. Other symptoms associated with appendicitis are a fever, vomiting, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, gasiness, or diarrhea.
Appendicitis symptoms may be similar to other medical conditions, so Dr. Perez-Soto performs tests to evaluate if an appendectomy is necessary.
The tests we run may include 1 or more of the following:
- an abdominal exam to measure inflammation
- a urine test to rule out a Urinary Tract Infection
- a blood test to diagnose an infection
- a rectal exam
- a CT scan or Ultrasound
Appendicitis is the condition of an inflamed appendix. The appendix is a 6-inch long organ located at the beginning of the colon. If the appendix gets infected with bacteria from build-up, mucus, stool, or parasites it can block the appendix and cause extreme pain. Sometimes, if not caught early enough, the appendix may swell so much from the infection that it ruptures a hole in the organ lining allowing the bacteria to leak into the body. A ruptured appendix may occur within 48 to 72 hours of the start of the appendicitis symptoms.
Are you suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms of appendicitis? Please call us right away and come in for Dr Perez-Soto to examine you. Abdominal pain is too risky not to determine the cause. Give us a call at (239) 260-1115 to set up an appointment.