The appendix is a long narrow tube about few inches in length that attaches to the first part of the colon which is also known as cecum.It is usually located in the lower quadrant of the abdominal cavity. Its functions, however, is not identified yet. It is still considered a vestigial organ.
What is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, it usually causes pain in your lower right abdomen. However, in most of the people, pain begins around the navel and then moves. As inflammation starts, appendicitis pain typically increases and eventually becomes severe.Standard treatment is surgical removal of the appendix called Appendectomy.
Why do we need Appendectomy?
Appendectomy means removal of appendix. It is done for:
- Acute & recurrent appendicitis
- Carcinoid tumour of the appendix
- Mucocele of the appendix
- As interval appendectomy after drainage of appendicular abscess or after appendicular mass
What is Laparoscopic Appendectomy?
Appendicitis is one of the most common surgical problems. One out of every 2,000 people has an appendectomy sometime during their lifetime. Treatment requires an operation to remove the infected appendix.
In laparoscopic procedure for removal of the appendix, appendectomies, surgeons operate through 3 small incisions which are arpond 5mm in size, while watching an enlarged image on a high definition monitor.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Appendectomy?
Less post-operative pain related to size of incision- smaller incisions
Less Handling of intestines which results in little or no disturbance of normal function