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An appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ that is attached to the large intestine. It is located in the lower right abdomen. The appendix has no known function in humans, but if left untreated (appendicitis), it can lead to severe complications. Identifying the symptoms early is crucial. Common signs include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and fever.
In an open appendectomy, a single incision is made in the lower right abdomen.
This method is typically chosen for complex cases and allows for a thorough examination of the abdominal cavity.
Lap appendectomy, also known as minimally invasive surgery, involves small incisions.
A laparoscope and specialized instruments are used to remove the appendix.
Patients benefit from quicker recovery, reduced post-operative pain, and minimal scarring.
Skull base surgery can be done in two main ways. Although the preferred method is endoscopic, open surgery is also an option, depending on the type of growth that needs to be removed and its location:
or minimally: invasive skull base surgery. This type of surgery usually does not
require a large incision. A surgeon may make a small opening inside the nose to allow a neurosurgeon
to remove a growth through a thin lighted tube called an endoscope. An MRI is a type of picture
taken of the skull base using magnets and a computer and may be done by a radiology specialist
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Sudden pain in the lower right abdomen
Pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen
Pain that worsens with coughing, walking, or other jarring movements
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite
Dull or sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower belly, back, or rear end
Painful or difficult peeing.
Appendicitis is an inflamed appendix. It happens when the inside of the appendix gets filled with something that causes it to swell, such as mucus, stool, or parasites. Most cases of appendicitis happen between the ages of 10 and 30 years.
The most common symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain which may feel different than any pain you've ever felt.
The procedure for an appendectomy varies depending on the type of surgery performed.
Laparoscopic appendectomy procedure
For a laparoscopic appendectomy, the following steps are typically involved:
The patient is placed under general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes a small incision near the belly button and inserts a laparoscopic camera.
The surgeon then makes two to three additional small incisions in the abdomen to insert surgical instruments.
The surgeon uses the laparoscopic camera to guide the surgical instruments to the appendix.
The surgeon then removes the appendix through one of the incisions.
The incisions are closed with stitches or staples.
Open appendectomy procedure
For an open appendectomy, the following steps are typically involved:
The patient is placed under general anesthesia.
The surgeon makes a single incision in the lower right abdomen.
The surgeon locates the appendix and removes it.
The incision is closed with stitches or staples.
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Recovery time from an appendectomy depends on the type of surgery:
Laparoscopic surgery: Recovery time is 1 to 3 weeks.
Open surgery: Recovery time is 2 to 4 weeks.
After surgery, you can expect:
Weakness and tiredness for several days
Swollen and painful belly
Shoulder pain if you had laparoscopic surgery
Scars from incisions that usually fade over time
To help your recovery, you should:
Get adequate rest
Avoid lifting heavy objects and stair climbing
Slowly resume normal activities after a few days
Don't lift, push, or pull any heavy objects until your surgeon clears you
Both types of surgery have a low risk of complications. Laparoscopic surgery has a shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time, and lower infection rates.
|Cost Component||Laparoscopic Appendectomy (INR)||Open Appendectomy (INR)|
|Surgeon's Fee||20,000 - 35,000||15,000 - 25,000|
|Anesthesia Charges||10,000 - 15,000||8,000 - 12,000|
|Hospital Room Charges||15,000 - 25,000||12,000 - 20,000|
|Operating Room Charges||5,000 - 10,000||4,000 - 8,000|
|Lab Tests and Imaging||5,000 - 10,000||3,000 - 5,000|
|Medications||1,000 - 2,000||800 - 1,500|
|Total Cost||45,000 - 70,000||35,000 - 60,000|