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Surgery for appendicitis? Antibiotics alone may be enough

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January 09, 2019

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SSW
January 15, 2019

I was diagonsed with acute appendicitis circa 2005 and was treated with antibiotics to reduce inflammation.
08/01/2019 i admitted myself to the ER after 48 hours of severe acid reflux/constipation to be diagnosed with appendicitis.Underwent a keyhole appendectomy and was discharged within the next 24 hours.I am a textbook example of being appendicitis free for almost 13 years after an episode of antibiotics !!!

azure
January 10, 2019

“Patients usually remain at the hospital for less than 24 hours post-operatively.” That probably has as much to do w/what’s most profitable for health insurers as it does w/the type of surgery, doesn’t it? What’s the readmission rate for complications?

“Powerful antibiotics” are mentioned in this article, but no information regarding the side effects or residual (often long term) effects of taking these “powerful antibiotics” (as well as the synergistic effects of apparently taking several “powerful antibiotics simultaneously) is mentioned or described. Yet there have been at least a few studies indicating that those side & long term effects exists (particularly in terms of gut microbiome). Why not even a mention of this issue?

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