The jury has long been out when it comes to the role of your appendix, but the verdict is unanimous that when it becomes inflamed, you need to have it removed. For patients in New City, New York, Dr. George N. Liberis offers appendectomies using the latest surgical techniques for safe and quick removal of the infected organ. If you want to learn more about an appendectomy, call for prompt service.
Appendicitis largely strikes young adults in their teens and 20s and occurs in 5% of the population in the United States. This condition develops when the appendix -- a small tube attached to the large intestine -- becomes infected and inflamed.
This is a potentially life-threatening medical issue, because if the appendix bursts, it can send infectious material into the body. And with appendicitis, it’s usually a matter of when, not if, the appendix bursts, making quick surgical intervention paramount.
The most common signs of appendicitis include:
If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s imperative that you call Dr. Liberis right away or get to the emergency room.
To determine whether it’s appendicitis, the doctor runs some quick tests, including blood and urine analyses, and uses advanced imaging to take a look at what’s going on inside.
As stated above, in most cases of appendicitis, immediate removal -- called an appendectomy -- is required to avoid serious complications. In rare cases, appendicitis is treated with antibiotics, but since you can function perfectly well without your appendix, most surgeons prefer to remove it.
If you or a loved one needs to have an appendectomy, Dr. Liberis can remove the appendix laparoscopically. That means he makes only a few tiny incisions in your abdomen to thread a lighted camera through to view the area. Again, using only small instruments, he removes the appendix.
Dr. Liberis performs the surgery using general anesthesia, and the recovery time varies depending upon the extent of the procedure and whether the appendix ruptured, requiring him to clean out the abdominal cavity as well.
You should count on spending a night or two at the hospital so that the doctor can monitor you and check that the infection is cleared.
If you or your child is experiencing abdominal pain, don’t wait to call Dr. Liberis. The sooner he can diagnose and treat your appendicitis, the better.