Feb 27

Abdominal Pain and Appendicitis

AppendixThe first person involved in diagnosing appendicitis is not usually the internist, the gastroenterologist or even the emergency room doctor. Very often it is the patients themselves, because the pain is serious enough to drive many people to a hospital emergency room. Modern hospitals have facilities that can identify or rule out appendicitis as the cause of abdominal pain, but it is very important that a person does not delay.

An inflamed appendix that ruptures is a serious, even life-threatening condition. If the diagnosis of appendicitis is made, surgical removal of the appendix is the only effective cure. Just as with bariatric surgery, gallbladder surgery, hernia surgery, thyroid surgery and many other general surgery procedures, appendectomy is now commonly done as laparoscopic surgery.

An important part of our mission is patient education. Please read our article, “How to Recognize Appendicitis” to learn more. If you have any question about topics like laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive breast surgery, bariatric surgery or any other area included in general surgery, please contact our office. You may use Contact Dr Birkedal or phone us at (386) 210-9794. Our offices, located in Daytona, New Smyrna and Palm coast are all part of the AdventHealth Medical Group.

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