Volume 4, Issue 2-1, March 2016, Page: 27-30
Conservative Treatment Versus Appendectomy for Acute Uncomplicated Appendicitis
Emad Hokkam, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt; Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudia Arabia
Abdelaziz Gonna, Department of Surgery, Jazan General Hospital, Jazan, Saudia Arabia
Aly Saber, Department of Surgery, Port-Fouad General Hospital, Port-Fouad, Egypt
Ossama Zakaria, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt; Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudia Arabia
Abdulhameed Alhazmi, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudia Arabia
Received: Oct. 11, 2015;       Accepted: Oct. 12, 2015;       Published: Jan. 27, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.js.s.2016040201.16      View  4606      Downloads  175
Background: For more than 100 years, surgeons have been successfully performing appendectomy to treat acute appendicitis. However; there is recent trend to shift towards a more conservative approach. This work aimed to assess the non- operative management in the treatment of acute uncomplicated appendicitis. Methods: One hundred and sixteen patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis were enrolled into the study. They were divided into two groups (Group A & Group B). Patients in Group A were subjected to non-operative management with antibiotics while patients in Group B were subjected to appendectomy. All patients were evaluated at hospital discharge, at 30-days and at a median follow-up on year. The primary outcome was the success rate of the non-operative management. Secondary outcomes were the difference of length of hospitalization, time to return to normal activity, and quality-of-life measures between both groups. Results: The success rate of non-operative strategy was 93.3% (42 of 45) at hospital discharge, 88.8% (40 of 45) at 30-days and 82.2% (37 of 45) at a median follow-up of one year. Patients in Group A have a significantly shorter time to return to normal activities. They reported higher quality of life scores. The length of hospitalization was significantly shorter in Group B. Conclusion: Giving intravenous antibiotics to some patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis instead of having them undergo surgery may be safe and effective.
Appendicitis, Antibiotics, Conservative, Appendectomy
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Emad Hokkam, Abdelaziz Gonna, Aly Saber, Ossama Zakaria, Abdulhameed Alhazmi, Conservative Treatment Versus Appendectomy for Acute Uncomplicated Appendicitis, Journal of Surgery. Special Issue: Gastrointestinal Surgery: Recent Trends. Vol. 4, No. 2-1, 2016, pp. 27-30. doi: 10.11648/j.js.s.2016040201.16
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