Comprehensive Appendix Surgery
What is the appendix?
The appendix is a small, thin pouch about 5-10cm (2-4 inches) long, connected to the large intestine, where stool is formed.
Appendicitis is one of the most common illnesses requiring emergency surgical care, especially among young people — though appendicitis can affect people of all ages.
It generally occurs unexpectedly, often beginning with vague abdominal discomfort which develops into pain and tenderness in the right lower part of the abdomen where the appendix lies over the course of a day or so.
Pressing on this area, coughing, or walking may all make the pain worse. You may lose your appetite, feel sick, and occasionally experience diarrhea.
Appendix Surgery in Mombasa, Kenya
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If you are experiencing any unusual symptoms such as fever, inability to pass gas, or would just like more information, please make an appointment to see our physician right away for a thorough consultation, evaluation, and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Our qualified medical doctor will be able to accurately assess symptoms. Imaging tests are not often needed unless your doctor needs to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms. Schedule a consultation with our top rated general surgeon in Mombasa, Kenya to learn more and get the care, treatment, and support you deserve.
What causes appendicitis?
It’s not exactly clear what the causes of appendicitis are.
Most cases are thought to occur when something blocks the entrance of the appendix.
An upper respiratory tract infection could lead to a swollen lymph node within the wall of the bowel. This obstruction leads to the development of inflammation and swelling. The pressure caused by the swelling can then lead to the appendix bursting.
As the causes aren’t fully understood, there’s no guaranteed way of preventing appendicitis.
What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
The most typical symptom of appendicitis is a pain in or around the belly button area that migrates to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen. It can be mild at first but usually becomes more severe quickly.
Other Symptoms include:
- Low-grade fever.
- Vomiting or nausea.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
- Inability to pass gas.
How is appendicitis diagnosed?
Appendicitis can turn into a very serious infection if not diagnosed and treated promptly.
Our general surgeon in Mombasa, Kenya at KLASS, will ask about your symptoms, examine your abdomen, and see if the pain gets worse when pressure is applied to the appendix area (your lower right-hand side).
If your symptoms are not typical, your surgeon may request further tests. This include:
- Blood tests to look for signs of infections.
- A pregnancy test for women.
- A urine test to rule out other conditions, such as a bladder infection.
- A CT scan or ultrasound to try and look at the appendix and surrounding organs and confirm signs of inflammation.
Your surgeon may recommend a laparoscopy to inspect your appendix and pelvic organs if the diagnosis is still uncertain.
How is appendicitis treated?
In a few cases, antibiotics and a modified diet may be prescribed to treat an inflamed appendix.
The general surgeon in Kenya at KLASS employs the latest surgical techniques in the treatment of appendicitis, including minimally invasive techniques.
In most cases, the appendix needs to be removed as soon as possible. The removal of the appendix is called an appendectomy.
The operation is most commonly performed as keyhole surgery (laparoscopy), which involves making several small cuts in your abdomen, through which special surgical instruments are inserted.
Open appendix surgery, where a larger, single cut is made in the abdomen, is usually carried out if the appendix has burst or access is more difficult.
Most people make a full recovery from an appendectomy in a couple of weeks, although strenuous activities may need to be avoided for up to six weeks after open surgery.
General surgeon in Kenya at KLASS uses laparoscopic techniques to perform appendix surgery. This allows the surgeon to examine the entire abdominal cavity through a small incision to confirm the diagnosis. Because small incisions are used, scarring is minimal after surgery.
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Dr. Yusuf Palkhi was one of the first surgeons in Mombasa to introduce minimally invasive surgical procedures in Mombasa town to help individuals who were in need of laparoscopic general surgical procedures.
He is committed to improving the lifestyles of individuals residing in Mombasa to help them take back control of their lives without the need to travel far for such procedures.
Together with his expert surgical team in Mombasa, Kenya they provide the highest level of holistic surgical care to individuals, ensuring that they meet their individual health needs.
He is keen on ensuring that majority of people have access to expert, world-class care and expertise that is both affordable and accommodating to their needs and life goals.
Dr. Yusuf Palkhi, a laparoscopic surgeon in Mombasa, Kenya specializes in helping individuals who ail from the appendix, gallbladder, reflux, hernia repairs, colon, pancreas, spleen, and emergency abdominal surgeries.
He is also very passionate about helping individuals regain control of their lives through bariatric weight loss procedures.
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