Appendicitis

14 February each year is known as Valentine day. But as for my family, this day marked as a day that we hope didn’t come again in our life. (but not the valentine day…)

Ok, here goes the story. At first my dad had a stomach ache. He thought it’s a normal stomach ache. So  he went to a clinic. Little we know that he was suspected having appendicitis. The appendix have to be removed.

Though this is a small case compare to other health issues, still when you went under knife you will need ‘extra loving care’. So he is admitted to hospital that day. So that night, since I’m the one who accompany my dad I will be sleep over at the hospital. In order to undergo for surgery, he has to fast.

Appendicitis is common and it can strike at any age between 12 years old and above and to adults. Or as early as mention here.

Here are the information that I gather from the net.

Appendix_(PSF)

What cause appendicitis?

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, often by stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Blockage may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body.[source]

What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen. This is usually the first sign.[my dad only had this sign]
  •  Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Inability to pass gas

Almost half the time, other symptoms of appendicitis appear, including:

  • Dull or sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower abdomen, back, or rectum
  • Painful urination
  • Vomiting that precedes the abdominal pain
  • Severe cramps
  • Constipation or diarrhea with gas

[source here]

Treatment for appendicitis

The only way to treat this illness is to remove the appendix before any possibilities for it to burst. There are two options;

  1. Key hole surgery– also known as laparoscopy is usually carried out as the recovery is quicker compared to an open operation. Three small cuts are made to remove the appendix. The advantage of keyhole surgery is that scarring is minimal and the recovery time is fast – you can weight this option if the appendix condition is still good. Good in terms of not swollen or any other infection.
  2. Open surgery (traditional way) – the operation will involve a single large cut to remove the appendix. This option will be carried out if the appendix is burst or the infection has spread. Usually it will takes longer time to heal.

** Above info are my finding and information gathering from the net. I do not have any experiences or formal training for any medical course. If you happen to have above health issues please consult your doctors.

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