Medical News Today: What to know about appendectomy
An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. Doctors use appendectomy to treat appendicitis. Learn more about the procedure here, including the recovery, complications, and risks. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GastroIntestinal / Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies
The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal ills. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Appendix (Body Part) Appendicitis Antibiotics Surgery and Surgeons Digestive Tract Source Type: news

Does Appendectomy Reduce the Chance of Developing Parkinson's? Does Appendectomy Reduce the Chance of Developing Parkinson's?
Dr Perry Wilson discusses a recent study that links the development of Parkinson disease not to the brain but to the gut.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Appendectomy May Lower Risk of Parkinson & rsquo;s Disease
The neurodegenerative disease shares protein clumps in common with appendixes, perhaps explaining why removing the organ is protective. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Appendectomy May Lower Risk of Parkinson's Disease
The neurodegenerative disease shares protein clumps in common with appendixes, perhaps explaining why removing the organ is protective. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - November 1, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Appendectomy Decades Earlier Linked to Lower Parkinson's Risk
(MedPage Today) -- Researchers find abundant alpha-synuclein aggregates in appendixes of healthy people (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - October 31, 2018 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

The lowly appendix may play a surprising role in the development of Parkinson ’s disease
In a finding that extends the link between gut and brain health in a surprising new direction, researchers have found that Swedes who underwent an appendectomy were 20% less likely than those who retained their appendix to develop Parkinson ’s disease, a brain condition marked by tremors, movement... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Healy Source Type: news

Jim Gaffigan on his emergency appendectomy
The comedian discusses a recent medical emergency, and no way was his three-cheeseburger-a-day habit to blame. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Appendectomy
Title: AppendectomyCategory: Procedures and TestsCreated: 12/21/1998 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - September 17, 2018 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Decline in Appendicitis Incidence: Due to Diagnostic Tools? Decline in Appendicitis Incidence: Due to Diagnostic Tools?
Dr Lowenfels comments on a study that reviews the global trends of appendicitis. As appendectomies decline, questions remain.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - August 1, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Decline in Appendectomy Incidence: Due to Diagnostic Tools? Decline in Appendectomy Incidence: Due to Diagnostic Tools?
Dr Lowenfels comments on a study that reviews the global trends of appendicitis. As appendectomies decline, questions remain.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - August 1, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Appendectomy
A slide show explaining appendectomy. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does Rushing Kids to the OR Prevent Complicated Appendicitis? Does Rushing Kids to the OR Prevent Complicated Appendicitis?
A large study seeks to answer the question: Does time to appendectomy influence the development of complicated appendicitis? Dr William Basco comments.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Low-Dose CT Doesn't Impair Clinical Outcomes in Younger Patients with Suspected Appendicitis (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Using low-dose — instead of standard-dose — computed tomography doesn't lead to unnecessary appendectomies in young adults with suspected appendicitis, according to … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 12, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Surgery Remains Treatment of Choice for Appendicitis in Kids Surgery Remains Treatment of Choice for Appendicitis in Kids
Appendectomy should still be the preferred treatment for uncomplicated appendicitis in children, rather than conservative, antibiotic-based treatment, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Antibiotics vs Surgery in Appendicitis: New Research Underway Antibiotics vs Surgery in Appendicitis: New Research Underway
Drs Flum and Davidson respond to questions raised by Dr Lowenfels in a recent viewpoint on whether antibiotics are an effective replacement for standard surgical appendectomy.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Same-day Discharge After Uncomplicated Appendectomy in Kids Safe: Study Same-day Discharge After Uncomplicated Appendectomy in Kids Safe: Study
Children who undergo appendectomy for acute nonperforated appendicitis can be safely discharged on the same day as the surgery, a new study shows.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - July 13, 2017 Category: Pathology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis? Antibiotics vs Surgery: Equally Effective for Appendicitis?
Dr Lowenfels comments on a study examining whether antibiotic therapy is an effective replacement for standard surgical appendectomy, published in Annals of Surgery.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Hybrid Transgastric Appendectomy No Better Than Laparoscopic Appendectomy Hybrid Transgastric Appendectomy No Better Than Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Hybrid transgastric appendectomy, while feasible, offers no advantages over laparoscopic appendectomy, researchers from Germany report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - May 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy is feasible in a public county hospital
(American College of Surgeons) In the first study of its kind, a research team at a large, urban public safety net hospital found that outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) is safe for patients and results in shorter hospital stays and decreased health care costs, according to study results published as an 'article in press' on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Antibiotics Feasible as Initial Therapy for Appendicitis in Kids Antibiotics Feasible as Initial Therapy for Appendicitis in Kids
In the absence of appendicolith, most children with acute uncomplicated appendicitis can be treated initially with antibiotics and avoid the need for appendectomy, according to a new meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Antibiotics Fail More Often Than Appendectomy for Pediatric Appendicitis (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Antibiotics may be effective for pediatric appendicitis, but they have a higher failure rate than appendectomy, particularly in the presence of appendicolith, according to a meta-analysis in JAMA Pediatrics … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Challenging tradition: Can appendicitis be treated solely with medication?
For 130 years, surgery has been the standard treatment for appendicitis — inflammation of the appendix, a short tube extending from the colon.After all, it ’s best to remove an infected body part that is not essential to survival rather than risk a rupture that spews bacteria into the abdomen. Right? Maybe not.UCLADr. David TalanDr. David Talan, professor in the department of emergency medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is helping to lead a $12-millionclinical trial to determine whether treating appendicitis solely with antibiotics can be a safe, effective and less expensive alternative to...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 9, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

'Antibiotics, not surgery, best for child appendicitis' says study
Conclusion This was a randomised controlled trial (RCT) that compared the removal of the appendix with active observation in children who had previously received non-operative treatment for an appendix mass. The researchers found that appendectomy could be avoided in many cases. Perhaps actively keeping an eye on the child's symptoms and only operating on those that develop appendicitis could be an approach worth considering. This was a well-designed trial and efforts were made to reduce the risk of bias. For example, allocation to groups was concealed at the point of assignment. The trial was also perform...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medical practice Source Type: news

Report: Appendicitis surgery "not needed" in 75% of cases
(Natural News) When most people think of appendicitis, they also think of appendectomy — or the removal of the appendix. For years, removing the tiny organ has been something of a standard procedure in the treatment of appendicitis. But new research shows that surgery is often not necessary. Appendicitis is characterized by abdominal pain, primarily... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contributors to Pregnancy Loss After Appendectomy, Cholecystectomy Contributors to Pregnancy Loss After Appendectomy, Cholecystectomy
Cervical incompetence, preterm labor, vaginitis or vulvovaginitis and sepsis increase the risk of adverse outcomes after appendectomy or cholecystectomy during pregnancy, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - January 30, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

The Issue With Nixing The Affordable Care Act That No One Is Talking About
Never mind his crowd-favorite pledge to build the Great Wall of Mexico with a "big, fat door," President Donald Trump's cornucopia of campaign promises included many a forgettable vow. But you had to be whale-spotting from a lily pad on Loon Lake to miss the president's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). What may not be as obvious is the effect that such a move could have on crime -- specifically medical identity theft. Promises are often downgraded to "ideas" post-victory, but now that Candidate Trump is leader of the free world, it's time to revisit this major pledge. One of the first t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Same-Day Discharge Often Safe After Appendectomy Same-Day Discharge Often Safe After Appendectomy
Many patients who have their appendix removed can safely go home from the hospital the same day, according to a new study.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - November 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Appendicitis patients can safely leave hospital the same day of their operations
(American College of Surgeons) Patients who undergo a laparoscopic appendectomy can go home the same day of an operation with similar complications to spending a night in the hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Making sense of value-based healthcare and how medtech companies should respond
This study showed tremendous benefit in terms of reduced re-hospitalizations, reduced ER visits, and an almost million-dollar savings in cost as a result of those reductions. This was ased solely on a telemedicine intervention in patients who had just been discharged. So I think telemedicine will be used to help manage the post-acute space increasingly to provide better care, but also to save money. That’s going to be critical, obviously, in the new healthcare world. SCOTT: Dan, before we move on to a couple of these other programs that fit under this bundling umbrella, anything else to add that you think is worthy o...
Source: Mass Device - July 19, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Dorsata medsider Source Type: news

Can Doctors Learn to Perform Abortions Without Doing One?Can Doctors Learn to Perform Abortions Without Doing One?
Abortion is one of the more common procedures performed in the U.S., more common even than appendectomy. But as clinics in Texas close, finding a place in the state where medical residents training to be OB-GYNs can learn to do abortions is getting harder. Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Three decades beat as one: 30 years of heart transplants
Tina Medina and her son Luke Tina Medina was not a sickly child, yet she grew up knowing something was physically wrong. She had difficulty keeping up with the other kids in her sixth-grade class and couldn’t run without becoming breathless. Local physicians near her home in Moriah, New York, shrugged it off as asthma — until Tina’s heart stopped twice during a routine appendectomy. “I was told I had a severe heart condition and needed to see a cardiologist right away,” she says. At 15, Tina was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, a rare type of cardiomyopathy that causes the heart...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - June 13, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Research and Innovation cardiac surgery cardiomyopathy congential heart defect Department of Cardiac Surgery Dr. Elizabeth Blume Dr. John Mayer ECMO Heart Center heart transplant Heart Source Type: news

What Causes Pelvic Pain?
Discussion Appendicitis results from a closed loop obstruction of a blind-ending tubular structure arising from the cecum. It is a common cause of abdominal pain. It is the most frequent condition leading to emergent abdominal surgery in pediatrics. The combination of obstruction, edema, bacterial overgrowth, increased inflammatory process and increased intraluminal pressure leads to abdominal pain and possibly perforation. Appendicitis occurs in all age groups but is rare in neonates. The peak age is 6-10 years old. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an inflammatory disease of the uterus, fallopian tubes and adjacent p...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 9, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Ghana: Seven Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries
[Ghanaian Chronicle] Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 5, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Preventing Medication Errors: Lessons From a Patient
A Nurse Aide, an Emergency Room Clerk, and a Patient I have great appreciation for doctors and nurses, hospitals, and patients. In high school I worked as a nurse aide in a convalescent home. I fed, dressed, and showered elderly patients, many of them immobile. I shaved gentlemen's facial stubble and polished ladies' fingernails. In college and in graduate school, I worked as an emergency room clerk. I witnessed a lot, including amazing doctors and nurses caring for patients and saving lives. I have also been a patient. First, when I had an appendectomy at age eight and then when I gave natural childbirth twice. All were...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Appendectomy and Colectomy Risk in Ulcerative ColitisAppendectomy and Colectomy Risk in Ulcerative Colitis
Appendectomy does not decrease, and may increase, the risk of colectomy in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), according to a retrospective study and meta-analysis. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 30, 2016 Category: Surgery Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

The 7 deadliest emergency general surgeries
Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News Seven operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 7 Deadliest Emergency General Surgeries
WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 -- Seven types of operations, including appendectomy and gall bladder removal, account for four out of five emergency general-surgery deaths in the United States, a new study reports. The procedures are: partial removal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 27, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Mild Appendicitis Complication Rates Similar for Surgery, Antibiotics
FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 -- Antibiotics can be used to treat mild appendicitis, but the condition returns in some patients who receive the drugs, researchers report. Surgical removal of the appendix (appendectomy) has long been the standard treatment... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 25, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

HIV not a risk factor for postappendectomy complications
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Patients who have HIV are at no greater risk of complications from appendectomy than are non-HIV patients according to an analysis of cases in a national surgical database... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - February 26, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Nathan’s wild ride: An appendectomy, two transplants and the journey ahead
Nathan, pre-transplant, during his Make-A-Wish trip to the San Diego Zoo When the phone rang at the Natale family home in Loudonville, New York, during the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 2013, Nathan Natale knew exactly what it meant. “My little sister had someone sleeping over. And I was like, ‘hello parents of friend, we gotta go.’” The phone call was from Boston Children’s Hospital. A donor match had been found. The Natales quickly packed, hopped in the car and began the three-hour journey to the hospital for Nathan’s kidney and intestine transplant. But Nathan’s transplant jou...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 18, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories dialysis intestinal transplant kidney transplant Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

Surgery Cost Transparency
SALT LAKE CITY. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- When you go to the hardware store to buy a lawnmower, you’ve probably done research on cost, features, ease of use and more. When you go into surgery, you most likely have none of that information and none of those choices. So a surgeon in Utah gave appendectomy patients and their families information, control and changed what was happening in the OR. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For Kids with Uncomplicated Appendicitis, Let Families Choose the Treatment? (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM Giving families the choice to treat their child's uncomplicated appendicitis nonoperatively rather than with immediate appendectomy may be an … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - December 17, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Antibiotics alone can be a safe, effective treatment for children with appendicitis
Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery when chosen by the family. A new study has found that three out of four children with uncomplicated appendicitis have been successfully treated with antibiotics alone at one year follow-up. Compared to urgent appendectomy, non-operative management was associated with less recovery time, lower health costs and no difference in the rate of complications at one year. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 16, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Teen Anna White who had appendix surgery is left disabled and brain damaged
Anna White was just 15 when she went to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan where she was told she would need an appendectomy. After the operation she went into cardiac arrest. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kalev’s story: Advances in medical management of pediatric heart failure
In recent years, the Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Failure team has made significant strides in slowing the progress of heart failure in children. In some cases, disease progression has been slowed enough for the patient to be taken off of the heart transplant list for being “too well.” The following is part three of a four-part series featuring Heart Center patients who were once listed for transplant but were removed thanks to successful medical management of his or her heart disease. Searching for answers Thirty weeks into her second pregnancy, Katie Rosenthal just felt like something was wrong. She...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our patients’ stories congenital heart disease Dr. Leslie Smoot Dr. Pedro del Nido Dr. Sitiram Emani Dr. Wayne Tworetsky heart failure heart transplant Heart transplant program Source Type: news

Appendicitis: Longer Antibiotic Treatment May Not HelpAppendicitis: Longer Antibiotic Treatment May Not Help
Appendectomy patients should know that extended treatment with antibiotics may not improve outcomes. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

Antibiotics May Not Help After 'Complicated' Appendectomy
Title: Antibiotics May Not Help After 'Complicated' AppendectomyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/2/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - November 3, 2015 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Antibiotics May Not Help After 'Complicated' Appendectomy
Use of the drugs did not lower infection risk after these higher-risk operations, study found Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: After Surgery, Antibiotics, Appendicitis (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news