Esteemed surgeon Dr. Gustavo Stringel has researched and published extensively on pediatric appendectomy. Aware that many parents may be unfamiliar with this common condition, Dr. Stringer has prepared a brief primer on the topic.
Roughly 80,000 children per year suffer from bacterial infection of the appendix; appendicitis is especially prevalent between the ages of 10 and 20. Its most common symptom is a pain in the abdomen that begins as a dull sensation around the navel before becoming acute in the lower right side of the abdomen. This pain typically becomes more severe when walking or applying direct pressure, and tends to build over the course of several hours. Additional symptoms include nausea and vomiting; constipation, diarrhea, or other digestive irregularities; swelling of the abdomen; and a moderate fever in the range of 99 to 102 degrees.
The most appropriate treatment for pediatric appendicitis is an appendectomy, which is the surgical removal of the appendix. Specialists in pediatric surgery such as Dr. Gustavo Stringel can perform the procedure laparoscopically, making only small incisions using specialized instruments. No matter how the appendectomy is conducted, a child should be able to return to school in under ten days and participate fully in activities within two to three weeks.