Pancreatitis, Diverticulitis, Appendicitis
Pancreatitis inflammation of the pancreas that occurs when pancreatic enzyme secretions build up and begin to digest the organ itself. It can occur as acute, painful attacks lasting a matter of days, or it may be a chronic, condition that progresses over a period of years. Depending on the cause of pancreatitis, the patient's anatomy, level of pain, and other factors, Mr Karametos will discuss appropriate treatment plans with you.
Most people with diverticulitis will not need surgery. The condition can usually be treated with antibiotics, bowel rest and probiotics.
When someone has an acute diverticulitis attack, they may need to be hospitalised. They may receive antibiotics and fluids intravenously together with pain medication.
Mr Karametos will admit you into hospital and will endeavour to treat your infection without surgery. Occasionally percutaneous drainage of a diverticular abscess/collection using radiological minimally invasive procedures is employed. Rarely, surgery is required.
The appendix is a narrow tube that attaches to the first part of the colon. It is usually located in the lower right quadrant of the abdominal cavity. The appendix produces bacterium destroying proteins called immunoglobulins, which help fight infection in the body. Its function, however, is not essential. Appendicitis occurs when there is inflammation of the appendix. It can be acute or chronic. Symptoms of appendicitis include pain in the abdomen, often on the right side, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fever, and abdominal swelling. Symptoms often include mild cramping that becomes more severe over time. Often the cause appendicitis is unknown. It may be due to obstruction of the appendix.
Appendicitis is one of the most common surgical problems. Treatment requires an operation to remove the infected appendix. Removal of the appendix can be done through open incisions or through a laparoscope. Advantages of Laparoscopic Appendectomy are: Less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stay, quicker return to normal activity, and better cosmetic results.
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