I am now less of a man - a bit of me is missing. Three weeks ago when walking to the shops the right side of my abdomen was aching. Nothing too bad. The next day the ache was still there. Checking Google suggested it wasn’t appendicitis as the ache was too high, but most of the other possibilities were also unpleasant. I went to the local GP and promptly bounced to a local Accident & Emergency. After waiting a few hours so I could complete the required 6 hour fast for surgery, I had an emergency appendectomy. When I woke up, my shaved stomach had 3 small holes and a missing appendix.
The surgeon described my appendix as “mucky” and “within 24 hours of bursting”. The histology report backed this up. A burst appendix is a serious condition, but removing it intact is just an “intermediate” operation. Luckily it was found before rupturing as I thought acute appendicitis caused severe pain and considered not bothering a GP. Apparently my appendix was in an unusual position high up the abdomen. This is why I felt no significant pain at any point - it was being shielded by the cecum. Get your long lasting abdominal pain checked out - especially if you still have an appendix!
I also felt no pain after the surgery. Partly this is because the procedure was laparoscopic. Only three small incisions a centimetre or two across were made. One for a camera to see what was happening. The others for instruments to move, cut and remove the appendix. Now they are barely visible. Very impressive. It all went smoothly according to the surgeon. He even provided a recording from the inserted camera. The procedure took exactly a few seconds over 30 minutes. The surgeon also offered a “medical certificate”. Is this like a school participation certificate - well done for participating on an appendectomy! I didn’t need it.
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