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What is Appendectomy?
An Appendectomy is the removal of an Appendix. The appendix is a small hollow pouch that sits at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine in the lower right abdomen. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Depending on the severity of the inflammation, your doctor may advise the removal of your appendix, an Appendectomy.
Symptoms of Appendicitis
Symptoms and signs differ and may include a dull pain in the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen (usually the first sign), nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, inability to pass gas, swelling of the abdomen, fever or swelling.
Common types of Appendicitis
Acute appendicitis is the most common disease process that affects the abdominal cavity. Appendicitis comes in a wide spectrum, from mild early acute Appendicitis to perforated (ruptured) Appendicitis.
Robotic Surgical Appendectomy
When your doctor tells you that you need to have an Appendectomy, many thoughts and concerns fill your mind. Will the operation be a success? How painful will it be, how much time off from work do I need?
The robotic techniques used by ATX Robotic Surgeons are part of the surgical evolution from open surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Traditional open surgery used to require a big incision which leads to more pain, extended time off work, long time away from life activities and sometimes even days in the hospital. This also lead to further use of narcotic pain medication.
In laparoscopic surgery, small incisions are made, and the appendix is removed. One of the most significant differences between a laparoscopic operation and robotic surgery is that the robotic instruments offer the ATX Surgeon a more extensive range of motion. The robotic instruments can move in ways that the human hand cannot. The superior 3D visualization with 4K high definition allows for precise dissection of tissues and suturing.
Robotic surgery has made removal of the appendix easier, faster, and with less blood loss, more precise stitching and minimal scarring. It can be performed safely in the elective, urgent, or emergent setting.The good news we now have new procedures which offer options that can decrease discomfort, speed up recovery, and help you get back to your life faster.
It is essential to know that your ATX Surgeon is in complete control during the entire surgical procedure; the robotic system responds to the directions your surgeon provides with precise movements inside your body.
Recovering from Robotic Assisted Appendectomy
After a Robotic Appendectomy, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions as your body needs time to heal. Keepy the incisions clean and dry. Be out of bed and walk the day after the surgery to diminish the risk of blood clots. You will probably be able to resume regular activities, such as showering, taking the stairs and driving in one to two weeks time. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon 2 weeks following your operation.
Thanks to innovations in robotic engineering, surgeons can perform Appendectomies through small incisions rather than the larger incisions associated with conventional open surgery. The difference results in less harm to surrounding tissues, less pain for the patient, less risk of infection, less blood loss, and a faster recovery. Patients are also able to have more outpatient surgery (can go home the day of surgery) or spend fewer days in the hospital after the surgery.
Contact us at ATX Robotic Surgery and we can go over all your options and set you at ease about this life changing surgical technique.
It is important to know that this information is not intended to provide medical advice.
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