Laparoscopic Appendectomy: What to Expect From a Patient's Perspective
I want to give you a bit of background on me so you know who is writing this information. Maybe you can relate to me and my story. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to talk to an adult who had gone through this procedure to help me deal with the process.
I had been having very bad stomach pains periodically on my lower right side for as long as ten years. It would come hard and painful, and after a few days, it would dissipate. Sometimes, there was a lingering pain but not nearly as excruciating as the first couple of days when it first occurred. I did visit my local hospital emergency room about eight or nine years ago. I sat in the emergency waiting room for at least three hours—just waiting to be seen by a doctor. The pain was so bad that I had to lean over to try to get through it. After waiting for almost four hours, and the pain lightening up a bit, I decided to leave. I couldn’t wait anymore—it was ridiculous.
I used to chalk the pain up to bad gas and bad food choices—and maybe the alcohol wasn’t helping either.
In September of 2017, I had my last bout of excruciating stomach pain. I rode it out as usual, and after two weeks, with some pain still lingering, I went in to see my family doctor. After explaining to the doctor what symptoms I had, including a fever as well as the lingering pain, she decided to send me for a blood test and an ultrasound at the hospital. When I went for the ultrasound, they couldn’t clearly identify my appendix so sent me off for a CT scan. A CT scan gives images of everything in 3D for the doctors to assess your innards. It was then identified that my appendix had ruptured and had quite a bit of scar tissue built up.
So my appendix was ruptured all these years and then half-ass healed itself. I went through these pains a few times in a year. Honestly, I am very lucky I didn’t suck up the pain one too many times and have my appendix burst enough that I would get peritonitis and died.
My family doctor got me an appointment with a surgeon, and my surgery was scheduled. Here’s how the process went.