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Appendix Surgery

What you need to know regarding appendix surgery in Singapore.

What is Appendix Surgery for?

Appendix surgery, or appendicectomy, is carried out to treat appendicitis, a condition where the appendix becomes inflamed. The surgery can be performed as an open surgery or as laparoscopic surgery.

Appendicitis occurs when an obstruction in the appendix is present, resulting in bacteria multiplying within the appendix and causing it to be swollen, inflamed and filled with pus. It can happen at any age and is most common between the ages of 10 to 30. If left untreated, it may result in complications such as sepsis, peritonitis, gangrene or even death. Thankfully, appendix surgery can effectively aid in the treatment of appendicitis, and patients can live normally and resume their lives without their appendix.

Appendix Surgery

Colorectal Practice is committed to practicing safe and reliable surgery to resolve all colorectal conditions.

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What are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

Abdominal pain is the hallmark symptom of appendicitis. The pain normally starts around the navel area and moves to the lower right area of the stomach. Over a few hours, the pain intensifies and becomes very severe.

Other symptoms include:

  • Soreness when pressing on the lower right stomach area
  • Mild fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhoea

How is Appendicitis Classified?

Acute Appendicitis

This is the more common form of appendicitis that develops rapidly in a span of several days or hours. Patients suffering from this need to undergo surgery quickly to prevent the appendix from rupturing.

Chronic Appendicitis

This is a rarer condition that occurs when the opening of the appendix, or appendiceal lumen, is only partially obstructed. This inflammation can last for a longer period and will worsen overtime, causing internal pressure to build up.

Our Surgeons

Dr Dennis Koh

Dr Dennis KohMedical Director & Senior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS (Nottingham), B Med Sci (Nottingham)
MMed (Surgery), FRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Dr Sharon Koh Zhiling

Dr Sharon Koh ZhilingSenior Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Surgery),
FRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS

Dr Sharon Koh is an experienced colorectal surgeon and the former Director of Endoscopy at Alexandra Health.

Dr Koh completed her fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in the US after being awarded the Academic Medicine Development Award by the National University Hospital.

Comprehensive Range of Colorectal Services for Your Peace of Mind

We tailor our treatments based on your lifestyle requirements and healthcare needs. At our colorectal clinic, we believe in providing personalized care as it allows for better surgical outcomes and creates a supportive environment for our patients.

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