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What Happens During an Appendectomy

Monday, September 16th, 2019 | Permalink

Appendectomy is the name of the procedure that involves the removal of an inflamed or swollen appendix. Although common, it’s considered an emergency procedure because failure to remove the appendix can be life-threatening when it bursts.

Appendicitis Symptoms

Appendectomy is performed when the patient shows signs of appendicitis, which usually includes the following symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, painful urination, frequent urination, tenderness on the McBurney’s point, and pain in the bellybutton area or the lower part of the abdomen.

The appendix is inflamed due to bacterial infection and a buildup of pus, bacteria, stool, mucus, or a foreign body.

Appendectomy Procedures

Patients who are about to undergo appendectomy are given instructions about the procedure. The inflamed appendix must be removed within 48 to 72 of the appearance of the symptoms and is treated as an emergency surgery. The individual is advised not to eat anything 8 hours before the procedure and is given medications and antibiotics through an IV drip.

The patient will be under anesthesia during the procedure, which might last up to an hour.

These are two types of appendectomy performed today:

  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy – This procedure uses a laparoscope (video camera) inside the patient’s body through a small incision. Carbon dioxide gas is used to make your abdomen swell, then the camera will locate the appendix so that small incisions can be made in the area to remove the appendix. This procedure, however, can cause more pain and scarring than open appendectomy.
  • Open Appendectomy – The surgeon creates an incision in the abdomen to look for the appendix, which is then tied and cut off from the large intestine. If the appendix ruptures, the abdomen is washed with salt water.

After the procedure, the appendix is sent to a laboratory for testing, then the incisions are closed with stitches.

Recover and Complications

Although the complications of both types of procedures are minor, there is still a risk of infection, bleeding, inflammation, blocked bowels, and injury to other organs. In some cases, peritonitis or the rupture of the appendix can occur during surgery and will cause infection and swelling.

Laparoscopic appendectomy has a shorter recovery time. You will be given medications if there is pain and will be allowed to eat food a few hours after the procedure.

You should watch out for any of the following symptoms while recovering: fever and chills, drainage and bleeding, pain, vomiting and loss of appetite, inability to hold down food, cramps and belly pain, watery diarrhea for three days or no bowel movement for two days, and shortness of breath. Follow-up checkups are required within the next 2 weeks to determine if you are recovering well.

You might also need to stay away from strenuous activities for four to six weeks until the doctor tells you you’ve fully recovered.

Marriage: A Good Defense Against Cancer

Friday, November 7th, 2014 | Permalink

In our present time, there are so many illnesses that can come to us. A lot of them are curable while some cannot be fully treated. Today, the world is searching for an antidote of the world’s recent virus that killed thousands of lives in West Africa. Based on the statements of several health experts, they are continuously conducting research on how to combat the fast-moving Ebola virus.


Sharing Information

Now, with this latest virus that shocked the world, cure to other sickness were ignored. Without this so-called “ice-bucket challenge” many people will still be ignorant about ALS. A disease that destroy the nerves which will weaken the functions of the different parts in your body.

Health through Marriage


Marriage may not be a cure, but it’s a good defense. Research shows that people who are married have lower risk of having cancer. It is said that marriage makes a person happy and thus contribute to an energized body. As we all know, laughter is clearly an effective medicine. But for those who don’t believe it, you can try is for yourselves.

Marriage & Happiness

Since there are a lot of claims that happiness can cure many illnesses, many people are using it for therapy. Essentially, it has a good result. Basically, it can help you heal your illness no matter how severe it is. When you think that there is no room for hope, try to look side by side and see how many people could love you for your entire life.


First Aid: Alcohol Poisoning

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Permalink

A person who is under the influence of Alcohol experiences a sudden mood switch. A person’s mood is distorted depending on the level of alcohol he or she consumes. Let’s say drinking a small quantity of alcohol can enhance a person’s confidence while drawn out consumption of it can make this person’s physical and mental abilities outrange. Toxicity in Alcohol can make someone become extremely unconscious and disoriented. It is really fatal and needs an urgent medical attention.

Asleep drunk woman holding an alcoholic drink

Here are the threats of alcohol Poisoning:

  • Loss of consciousness because of excessive alcohol consumption can lead to the inhalation and choking of the person’s vomit, which is precarious.
  • A person who is in excessive alcohol consumption can develop hypothermia because alcohol dilates the blood vessels.
  • If ever the person has a head injury from falling down, the doctors may not properly diagnose him.alcohol_poisoning_1

What to do in case this happens?

Your main objectives are to check that the person can breathe and to immediately look for proper medical help. The first thing you do is to first check the person’s level of consciousness. You have to know if how responsive the person is. You can do this by shaking his shoulders and ask him “Hey, hey sir/mam are you ok”, shout at him just to make sure that he hears you.

If there are no signs of being responsive to your actions, check his pulse and breathing rate. If still not responsive, prepare yourself to resuscitate. If you think the person needs an immediate medical help already, better call one or bring him to the nearest hospital. Cover him with your jacket or anything that will keep him warm while waiting for medical help.



Everything You Need to Know about Food Poisoning

Friday, April 4th, 2014 | Permalink

Businessman with stomach ache

Food should be clean and healthy but sometimes it is the cause of discomfort for some. Have you heard about the 160 students who suffered and endured food poisoning? The students were from SMK Dato Syed Ahmad in Kuala Nerang. According to reports, students complained stomach ache, vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea. The students were immediately sent to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Food poisoning is common not only here in Singapore but around the world.  For Singaporeans who suffered and endured it, it is distressing. Everyone should be cautious because if it is left unattended, it will lead death. Food poisoning is serious so it should not be ignored. Here are some things that you need to know about food poisoning:


The medical term for food poisoning is gastroenteritis. Food poisoning is the common cause of diarrhoea cases in a community. Food poisoning is due to the ingestion or consumption of contaminated food and water. Viruses and bacteria contaminated the food and water. Agents include Salmonella, Bacillus Cerues, Shigella and many more.



You will know if you are suffering from food poisoning because the symptoms will manifest as early as one hour to twenty four hours after the consumption or ingestion of the foods contaminated by a virus or bacteria. The symptoms of food poisoning include continuous vomiting, abdominal pains, diarrhoea and fever.

When to see the doctor

It is crucial that you seek for the opinion of experts once you have identified the symptoms. If your diarrhoea continues for more than 1 week despite the hydration agents and other medications, you should see the doctor. If your stool has some blood, you should also tell your doctors. If you have kids with the symptoms of food poisoning, you have to refer it to your doctor so they can give your kid intravenous fluids to replace the liquids lost in the body.


The good thing about food poisoning is that you can treat yourself or you can consider self-medication. The secret is to replace the fluids that you have lost. You need to stay hydrated. If you think that you need the help of professionals,  contact your doctor right away.

Everyone should know that food contains bacteria especially if it is mishandled. With that being said, it is imperative that you check the food that you eat and make sure that it is safe before consuming. If it can’t be helped and contamination persists, you should seek out the doctor right away to help you deal with the discomfort. When you are preparing your food at home, you have to make sure that it is clean and sanitized. If you will dine out, you have to eat at trusted restaurants.



The Truth About Measles

Sunday, March 9th, 2014 | Permalink

measles Measles is a contagious disease. It is characterized by rashes and fever. Sometimes measles are mistaken as a cold. You should watch out for other symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and coughing. If you want to know more about measles, you should read the following:

1.       It can be fatal

You should know that measles is fatal. There are cases that children die from it. If the children do not die, measles will have complications. There are children that get an ear infection, pneumonia, encephalitis and blindness.

2.       It is caused by a virus


Measles is caused by a virus. The virus will grow in the lining of the cells at the back of the lungs and throat. The virus will cause coughing, runny nose and the rashes. The fever will increase to 104 degrees when the rashes appear.

3.       The vaccine does not cause autism

There was a study conducted by Dr Andrew Wakefield. He linked the MMR vaccine (vaccine used in measles, rubella and mumps) to autism. The study was questioned. MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

4.       You can prevent measles

If you are a parent, you can protect your child from contracting measles by vaccinating them when they reach 12 to 15 months old. Your child should be vaccinated once again when they enter school. If measles hit you or your child, it is better to stay in the house.

If you recognized the symptoms and you think that it is measles, you should go to your healthcare provider. Do not spread the disease.



Points to Discuss In Epi-LASIK Consultation

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 | Permalink

Going for an Epi-LASIK surgery is an important decision for having a better vision. Some people in Singapore who wish to have this laser eye surgery are worried and doubtful of what will be the result. It is acceptable that people would feel this way because of so many questions that need to be answered in order to feel at ease with the procedure. You, as a potential Epi-LASIK patient, should know the important points to clarify to your Singapore ophthalmologist when you’re in a consultation meeting with him.


1. The Surgeon’s Experiences

As a patient, you need to feel comfortable and confident of your doctor’s ability. So, ask your surgeon how long he’s been doing the procedure and how many LASIK surgeries he has performed. A reliable surgeon should have years of experience with certificates and recognitions in his particular field of specialty. Also, ask how successful the treatments are with regards to the post-operative complications. With these questions, you will know whether the surgeon has enough experiences to handle your laser eye surgery.


2. Average Visual Achievement of Previous Patients

People in Singapore choose to have Epi-LASIK surgery to eliminate dependency on contact lens and eyeglasses. Therefore, it’s very important to know the average visual achievement of the surgeon’s previous patients. Choose an ophthalmologist whose patients achieved driving vision or perfect 20/20 vision. If you’ve been examined with thin cornea, it would be a good idea to ask the surgery results of Singapore patients with the same cornea condition as yours.

3. Enhancement Procedure

Since every person heals somewhat differently from the other, patients has the tendency to under react or over react to the LASIK procedure, resulting to an under corrected or over corrected eye. Therefore, ask your Clear Vision lasik singapore doctor whether he or she will conduct enhancement procedures and how long it will take to determine if you need to have one. Usually, enhancement procedures are done three to six months or as soon as the eyes have stabilized. Lastly, ask how much it will cost you to have your eyes enhanced.


4. LASIK Surgery Cost

Another point that you should not forget to raise is the cost of the procedure. Epi-LASIK usually comes in package that includes comprehensive clear vision pre-LASIK evaluation, actual surgery, initial set of medication, one or two months of post-operative check-ups, and enhancement surgery (if necessary, at greatly discounted price for each eye). Prices vary greatly depending on the location, and severity of your vision problem since more complex visual problem requires more time. As a rough estimation, Singapore Epi-LASIK surgery costs anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for each eye.

5. Qualifications Needed to be a Suitable Patient

Now that you already know your surgeon and the cost seems attainable, ask your surgeon whether you are a good candidate for Epi-LASIK. Usually, Singapore surgeons require their patient to be at least 18 years old, no significant changes in contact lens or glasses for at least a year, and no history of eye health problems such as cataracts or glaucoma. Your clear vision surgeon will have to check all these qualifications in order to evaluate whether or not you are a good candidate for Epi-LASIK.