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.