Appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always requires quick surgery to remove the appendix before it bursts. In the U.S., 1 in 20 people will get appendicitis as a result of a blockage in the appendix. It’s most common in people between the ages of 10 and 30, but can happen at any age.
Appendicitis Diagnosis at Inspira
Signs of appendicitis may include:
- Sudden pain near the belly button that moves toward the right side of the lower abdomen
- Sudden pain on the right side of the lower abdomen
- Bloating in the abdomen
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Inability to pass gas
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain that worsens with coughing, walking or other jarring movements
- Temperature between 99° and 102° Fahrenheit
Our Approach to Appendicitis
Inspira’s four emergency room locations are staffed with experienced surgeons who can quickly remove an inflamed appendix before it bursts, or perforates, releasing its infectious contents into the abdominal cavity.
Seeking Help for Appendicitis
If you or your child has symptoms that signal early appendicitis, make an appointment with an Inspira doctor. However, if you have severe abdominal pain, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Head to one of Inspira’s four emergency room locations to get help immediately.