Appendectomies in Phoenix
Since 2000, the team at Surgical Professionals has successfully performed appendectomies for many of our Phoenix patients. A common surgery, an appendectomy is typically performed when a patient develops appendicitis, an infection of the appendix.
If you get an infection of your appendix, you need immediate medical help. An appendectomy can be performed through either open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Whichever type you receive, Surgical Professionals is here to offer support and care throughout your entire treatment.
Have questions? Reach out to our knowledgeable team today by calling 480-892-2456 or schedule your appendectomy consultation online!
What Is Appendicitis?
The appendix is a thin tube-like pouch that dangles from the end of the large intestine, or colon, on the right lower side of the abdomen. The purpose of an appendix is not understood, but it’s believed to be an organ left over from evolution. It might also play a role in our immune system.
You’re diagnosed with appendicitis when your appendix is infected and inflamed. The condition is often caused by a small blockage to the miniscule opening of the appendix. When natural bacteria in the appendix and colon get trapped, the appendix swells. In some cases, it bursts, a dangerous condition that can cause serious abdominal infection and make you extremely sick.
Although appendicitis is more common in children, it can occur in any age group.
Common Symptoms of Appendicitis
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms:
- Severe pain in the right lower part of the abdomen (for many people, this pain starts near the belly button and then moves to the lower right side)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
Less common symptoms include:
- Gas pains or abdominal bloating
- An upset stomach
- Feeling ill with flu-like symptoms
- Irregular bowel movements—either diarrhea or constipation
Though it’s possible these symptoms might be caused by other conditions in the abdomen, you should seek medical attention if you have any the above symptoms. Keep in mind appendicitis can occur during pregnancy and may require an appendectomy.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact Surgical Professionals at 480-892-2456 to schedule your appendectomy consultation today! If you need emergency assistance or suspect that you have a ruptured appendix, please call 9-1-1 right away.
Diagnosis of Appendicitis
You’ll be given various tests to determine if you have appendicitis or another condition.
- Blood tests look for signs of infection or inflammation
- A physical exam of your body and abdomen helps determine your symptoms’ origin
- A CT or CAT scan
- An ultrasound to create an image of your abdominal cavity organs
The main treatment for appendicitis at our Phoenix facilities is surgery to remove the appendix. This can be performed one of two ways:
- Open surgery: Usually involves a 3-4-inch incision. The appendix is detached from the colon and removed from your body.
- Laparoscopic surgery: A minimally invasive surgery that uses a camera and long tools inserted through the wall of the abdomen. A few smaller cuts are made, including one around the belly button through which your appendix is removed.
Your doctor will always discuss surgery options, risks, and benefits with you.
Recovery from Appendectomy
Except in cases where the appendix bursts, and depending on your specific condition, you’ll either go home the same day or stay overnight in the hospital. You may be off work or school for one to two weeks, and you should avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. A burst appendix typically requires a longer hospital stay as you receive intravenous antibiotics to treat any infection.
Surgical Professionals—Get Back to Your Life
Surgical Professionals provides comprehensive, advanced surgical care to patients throughout the greater Phoenix area. In addition to appendectomies we perform surgical procedures involving the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen.
To schedule a consultation for an appendectomy, please contact us today. We operate at most major hospitals in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and the surrounding areas.
Please note that the above information is provided for general purposes only and may not apply to your specific situation. You and your health care professional will discuss your medical condition and determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual case.