The appendix is a pouch quite similar to a finger in shape, which remains conntected to the large intestine. It is found on the lower right side of the abdomen. The medical world has not been able to put a finger on exactly what the appendix’s function is in the human body, since having it removed makes no difference to the functioning of a person’s insides.
When the appendix is affected due to a viral infection, the result is a disorder called appendicitis, which can be treated by surgically taking out the appendix from the body. That appendicitis is a viral disease has been ascertained after extensive research by medical practitioners.
One such study was conducted by the UT Southwestern Medical Center, where researchers examined data collected from the National Hospital Discharge Survey for over 3 years. It was also established by these researchers, after studying appendicitis trends from 1970 till 2006 that removing the appendix immediately may not always be needed. They also stated that appendicitis had a seasonal trend and was more prevalent during the summer months.
Elaborating on their finding that an appendix will not really burst if not removed fast, Dr. Edward Livingston, chief of GI/endocrine surgery at UT Southwestern and lead author of the report, presented by the researchers, said that having the usual scar after an appendix surgery is no longer the norm. This is primarily because there is a new technique of making a single incision, and this incision is made in the belly button. Hence, the scar is hidden. Therefore, it is perfectly okay and advisable for patients to get operated for appendix the moment they are hospitalized.
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