Tag: appendicitis

Reasons you should avoid an appendectomy and use antibiotics instead.

Reasons you should avoid an appendectomy and use antibiotics instead. Appendectomies were a common procedure here in the USA, while abroad in Europe, an infected appendix was treated effectively with an antibiotic. A new CT scanning procedure is now helping us determine whether that infected appendix is uncomplicated or may require excision. According to the NY Times, we are now beginning to understand that the Appendix has useful functions which can help us prevent gastrointestinal ills. Avoiding the surgery can help avoid possible infections as well as active scars that may occur from the healing of the tissue.  Active scars are Read More »

Your appendix and you; new information shows this organ is important after all.

Your appendix and you; new information shows this organ is important after all. When most of us think of the human appendix, they think of this vestigial worm shaped thing at the end of the large intestine that in some people becomes infected and requires removal; or does it? In the past, when someone had appendicitis, it was common in the USA to have an appendectomy since the organ was thought to be of no value, except that it apparently helps keep our intestines healthy and warehouses normal flora, which, in times of infection will repopulate the intestine with healthy Read More »

A new study suggests that there is an alternative to surgery for appendicitis; Antibiotics.

A new study suggests that there is an alternative to surgery for appendicitis; Antibiotics. Antibiotics when used properly can save lives and help us fight infection, when our body needs help. One of those infections that has responded to antibiotics is appendicitis. Used for years in Europe to successfully treat the condition, antibiotics can help eliminate both the infection and the surgery safely. This is not the first study to show that there is another option. Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals are slow to adapt, especially since they have been conditioned to believe that surgery is in fact the only way Read More »

Is an Appendectomy always necessary with Appendicitis? A new study suggests maybe not.

Is an Appendectomy always necessary with Appendicitis? A new study suggests maybe not. Most of us have learned that Appendicitis requires surgery of the Appendix. If you are unfamiliar with what this organ is, read about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermiform_appendix. For years, it has been common practice to remove the appendix when it becomes inflamed as it was thought not to have any value, and that its removal was necessary. In other countries, it is often treated successfully with antibiotics, non surgically and successfully, without the need for surgery, the recovery time or the possible complications of the procedure alone. Of Read More »

Beware of the cost of care; an uninsured physicians assistant finds out the truth behind appendicitis.

Beware of the cost of care; an uninsured physicians assistant finds out the truth behind appendicitis. Appendicitis, in the United States, an appendectomy can cost thousands, yet in Sweden, can cost $50. How many times have scare tactics been used on you or a loved one to submit to an expensive procedure, even though there was perhaps a more cost effective and safe alternative that was available. Often chiropractors feel the same way, after their patients spend thousands on back pain treatments that don’t work, only to find out safer and more cost effective chiropractic does. Here is a story Read More »