The appendix is a small, worm-like tubular structure attached to the cecum (first part of the colon) of the colon. Most of the victims are between the ages of 10 and 30. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked and bacteria invade and infect the wall of appendix.
Bacteria found in the appendix invade the wall and body starts to respond to it by inflammation. If inflammation progresses it ruptures and infection spreads throughout the abdomen. In most cases symptoms are identified before the rupture and can be avoided with the use of antibiotics. In chronic cases, surgery is suggested and is known as appendectomy. In India appendix surgery is very common and a lot of surgeons are available.
Abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, fever and abdominal tenderness are the usual symptoms associated with appendix.
Other symptoms include swelling of the abdomen, inability to pass gas, constipation and diarrhea with gas, a mild and moderate fever.
Diagnosis of the disease can be from white blood cell count, urinalysis, abdominal x-ray, barium enema, ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography and laparoscopy.
Surgery is the major treatment for appendix removal. Laparoscopy(key-hole surgery) are popular appendix treatments. In case of a pus filled abscess in appendix, a procedure for draining it out is carried out prior to the appendix removal procedure.
Dr N.P Kamalesh is one of the Gastric Surgeons in Kerala who has performed a large number of laparoscopic Appendix operations in Kerala. Those who are suffering with appendicitis and other gastro diseases are safe in the hand of Dr N.P Kamalesh and team.
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