Are you worried that appendix problems could be causing your child’s abdominal distress?
While many of us will never have issues with our appendix, appendicitis affects around 80,000 children each year in the US. It’s also the most common cause of pediatric emergency abdominal surgery. Our Santa Barbara, CA, Pediatric Surgeons Dr. Tamir Keshen, Dr. Charles Stolar and Dr. Sang Lee want you to be able to pinpoint the early warning signs so that you can bring your child in if you believe they may have acute appendicitis.
What are the early warning signs?
Once the appendix becomes inflamed the first symptom that most children will experience is abdominal pain, usually around the belly button. The pain will be persistent and will get worse over time. As the pain appears your child may experience a loss of appetite or even nausea and vomiting. Many children will also develop a fever over 100 degrees F.
As the pain persists it will usually move from the belly button to the lower right side. The pain may be bad enough that it may be uncomfortable to walk or stand.
What can our Santa Barbara, CA, Pediatric Surgeons do to help?
Appendicitis is the result of an infection; therefore, antibiotics will be administered in an IV to treat the infection. The standard of care treatment option for appendicitis is surgery to remove the appendix (referred to as an appendectomy).
An appendectomy can be performed in one of two ways: open or laparoscopically. During an open appendectomy, one of our surgeons will make an incision on the right lower side of the abdomen where the appendix is in order to remove it. During a laparoscopic appendectomy, we will insert a camera into one of three very small incisions in order to remove the appendix.
Both procedures take about the same amount of time but with laparoscopic surgery, the recovery period is usually shorter and the surgical scars are smaller.
California Pediatric Surgical Group wants to make sure that children of all ages living in Santa Barbara, CA, get the proper medical care they need. If you suspect that your child may be dealing with appendicitis then it’s time to give us a call right away or go to the Emergency Room. Call (805) 563-6560.
You never quite anticipate that your child will require surgery, however, the possibility is always there. At California Pediatric Surgical Group in Santa Barbara, CA, your team of board-certified pediatric surgeons and their professional support staff provide the expertise and compassion that you and your child must have for the best outcome and recovery. Dr. Tamir Keshen, Dr. Charles Stolar, and Dr. Sang Lee know children well, and they can help you navigate a complex and worrisome time.
Why pediatric surgery?
Patient circumstances vary, but in general, children need surgery to:
- Repair traumatic injuries from sports, motor vehicle accidents, burns or falls
- Remake congenital defect (as a newborn, or throughout childhood as required)
- Remove foreign bodies from the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract
- Remove cancerous tumors and benign cysts
- Repair inguinal, hiatal, umbilical, or abdominal hernias
Your pediatric surgeons in Santa Barbara, CA, are highly trained in children's anatomy and physiology. They fully understand that a child's body is very different from an adult's, and as such, the young patient has specialized needs in terms of sedation, anesthetic, aftercare, and rehabilitation. The doctors also practice surgical techniques which are as minimally invasive as possible.
It's a team approach
At California Pediatric Surgical Group, your team of doctors, PAs, nurses, and office staff are experts in all phases of pediatric surgery—from preparation to the day of surgery to follow-up care. Your questions will be answered fully, and you'll be informed every step of the way about medications, pre- and post-procedure testing, any ETAs on returning to school and routine activities, proper diet, and more. Plus, appointment scheduling, insurance matters, and coordination with PT, OT, and other medical specialists are thoughtfully facilitated.
Find out more
If your child's doctor suspects a need for pediatric surgery, trust the care at California Pediatric Surgical Group. Call today for your personal consultation. We work hard to provide superior service and compassionate care: phone (805) 563-6560.
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