Considered as a surgical illness, appendicitis normally entails the extraction of the inflamed tubular elongation of the cecum, known as the vermiform appendix. It is the swelling and inflammation of the infected vermiform appendix that leads to appendicitis. Acknowledged as a medical emergency, doctors suggest surgery to treat appendicitis, irresponsive of the stage in which the disease is. Post-surgical complications that result from medical malpractice are not uncommon among patients despite the safety and reliability related to the operative method of treatment. Worse still are the cases where patients with perfectly healthy appendix are subjected to unnecessary appendectomy.
Surgery to treat appendicitis advances the chances of post-surgical complications, when the disease is in the advanced stage as compared to the earlier stage when the infection in the vermiform appendix is still nascent. It is hazardous and difficult to extract a severely infected appendix since patients run the risk of developing sepsis or abscess right after the surgery. Most doctors rely on timely disclosure of possible symptoms of appendicitis, being identified with this risk. However some doctors are hasty and erroneously operate healthy patients acting on the shepherd impulse of intervening promptly. The last decade as well as the current times is witness to numerous incidents of reported unnecessary appendicitis surgery.
The tricky nature of the disease itself probably best clarifies these cases of appendicitis surgery that were needless. Owing to the vagueness of its symptoms appendicitis can actually hinder an apt diagnosis of the disease. At times other diseases that share similar symptoms are diagnosed mistakenly when the actual illness is appendicitis. Moreover the fact that some patients may exhibit no symptom of appendicitis at all complicates the case. Under such circumstances, it is only after the illness has attained a degree of gravity that the symptoms start becoming obvious.
Ample methods of diagnosis are available these days for doctors to verify their suspicion of appendicitis. However when it comes to the revealing of obvious physical symptoms of appendicitis, none of these methods can be completely depended upon. Here surgeons find it safer to operate even a perfectly sound appendix rather than wait for the infection to develop more. The high probability of death among appendicitis patients due to delayed medical treatment, lead doctors to perform appendectomy on patients exhibiting the slightest physical symptoms of appendicitis.
The current rate of needless appendectomy has been known to recede to a certain extent. But the pediatric appendectomy graph shows an upward movement – the rate of children operated in spite of having a healthy appendix exceptions nine percent of such operations. Such a high rate can be attributed to the fact that infants and young children affected with appendicitis can not always be correctly diagnosed. On the other hand, it is unusual to trace cases of adult patients being unnecessarily operated upon these days.
Inadequate accuracy of prevalent medical techniques can be cited as reasons for current malpractice and incorrect diagnosis of appendicitis. Here is the most effective remedy to counter such internal disorders as appendicitis lies in the discovery of innovative and more accurate methods of diagnosis.