Appendicitis Surgery in Asheville, North Carolina

Providing Asheville with prompt surgery for appendicitis.

Although the appendix has no clear function, about 1 in 15 people will experience an inflamed appendix (appendicitis) that requires removal by a skilled general surgeon, a procedure called an appendectomy. Appendicitis causes remarkable pain that starts around the belly button and moves to the lower right side of the abdomen. A big hint indicating appendicitis is rebound tenderness, or pain that results from the removal of pressure instead of its application. It can also cause symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Inability to pass gas

Confirming appendicitis can be tricky, but Surgical Specialists of Carolina has the diagnostic skill you need.

The appendix is a small, thin organ that extends off the colon. It typically becomes inflamed due to a blockage — generally stool — and most commonly affects people younger than 30. While diagnosing appendicitis can be difficult due to symptom similarity with many other conditions, Dr. Jerimiah Mason will carefully listen to your symptoms, perform a physical exam, and run some or all of the following tests:

  • Urine
  • Rectal
  • Blood
  • Ultrasound

A combination of these data will give Dr. Mason the information he needs to make an accurate diagnosis.

Ending your pain with a minimally invasive appendectomy.

Once appendicitis is diagnosed, we’ll work with you to schedule surgery as soon as possible. Appendicitis is a surgical emergency, and if the appendix isn’t removed, it could burst and cause life-threatening inflammation in your abdominal wall, called peritonitis. Before your surgery, we’ll administer antibiotics in case peritonitis occurs, followed by general anesthesia. Finally, using minimally invasive laparoscopy, Dr. Mason will remove your appendix through just a few tiny incisions.

Optimizing your outcome by making correct surgical decisions.

Dr. Mason’s comfort with minimally invasive surgery is one of the key benefits of choosing him for your general surgical needs. However, in certain situations, Dr. Mason will need to switch to open surgery during your operation. This is generally due to a burst appendix, severe peritonitis or abscess formation — a “shield” the body creates around infections to protect the rest of the body. In these situations, minimally invasive surgery may not be adequate to repair your appendicitis, and he will need to make a small incision instead. With his calm and discerning surgical style, you can trust Dr. Mason to make the right decision during your operation in order to give you the best possible outcome.

For more information about treating appendicitis, or to schedule an appointment, call 828-585-2575. You can also request an appointment using our easy online form.