After analyzing your symptoms and performing a physical examination to see where the pain comes from and if it is appendicitis, your doctor will request a blood and urine test to assess a possible infection, perform an X-ray, ultrasound, tomography, or MRI to observe the status of the appendix and confirm the diagnosis.
The indicated treatment for appendicitis is appendectomy, that is, the surgical removal of the appendix, a procedure that can be carried out with open surgery or laparoscopy. Currently, the latter is the most accepted because it is performed through a few small incisions, which helps recovery and suffer less postoperative pain. However, laparoscopic surgery cannot always be performed, since if there was an abscess or the appendix burst, open surgery will be necessary to be able to perfectly clean the infected abdomen.
After the procedure:
Recovery after an appendectomy will take several weeks or even more than a month if your appendix burst or you had an abscess. Due to this, it is important that you follow these recommendations that will help you recover faster and avoid delays in your recovery:
- Limit your movements and activities: if your procedure was laparoscopy, rest for a week; if it was open surgery, wait two weeks. Your doctor will indicate the way in which you can begin to conduct your activities by dosing your effort.
- Precautions when coughing or making movements: press your abdomen with a cushion or pillow to prevent pain or complications in the wound.
- Move when directed by your doctor: When your doctor authorizes it, get out of bed, move, and walk a little. You can gradually increase the activity.
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