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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 »