Appendicitis, is treatment without surgery a good idea or fad?

Appendicitis is a common ailment afflicting about 240,000 people in the United States each year.

The average cost of treatment is $33, 000 according to an article published in 2009. It has certainly not gotten any cheaper since then.

Some European countries with government-funded health care were the first to try to find a way to lower the cost of appendicitis management. They attempted to treat with antibiotics alone and no surgery.

Another group to use the non-operative approach is the Navy. Bed rest and antibiotics have long been the chosen treatment of appendicitis on a navy ship without a surgeon until evacuation is possible. This approach was considered far better than attempted surgery by an inexperienced physician or corpsman.

In the Bitterroot Valley, the average appendicitis patient is seen within 24 hours of the onset of their symptoms of increasing lower abdominal pain. Usually they are seen in the Emergency Room and a CT scan of the abdomen is performed. A diagnosis of appendicitis is made and a surgeon called.

Read More
Categories

Events

  • Montana Rhythm & Blues

    Montana Rhythm & Blues Collector’s Art Show, Dinner and Outdoor Concert featuring Mark Wills Support the ambitious campaign for new patient monitors throughout MDMH. ...

  • Child And Babysitting Safety (CABS)

    NEW... Child And Babysitting Safety (CABS) Babysitting is usually a teenager’s first attempt at building and running a small business. Our new Child and Babysitting ...

  • All Valley High School & Middle School Male and Female Sports Physicals

    All male and female valley athletes in middle and high school are invited to the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 2 nd, or Wednesday, August 8 th from 6 ...

  • Child And Babysitting Safety (CABS)

    NEW... Child And Babysitting Safety (CABS) Babysitting is usually a teenager’s first attempt at building and running a small business. Our new Child and Babysitting ...

  • All Valley High School & Middle School Male and Female Sports Physicals

    All male and female valley athletes in middle and high school are invited to the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation Center on Thursday, August 2 nd, or Wednesday, August 8 th from 6 ...

prev next

What Our Patients Say About Us

  • "Corvallis Family Practice- is the most amazing clinic! I am so very thankful for all the amazing people that make CFP possible-I have the most complete and total confidence in all of you-thanks so much."
    - Anonymous
  • "I have had very good Lab tests for over a year-nurse call to inform me the results and directions for change (if any) in meds and when to return for my next test. The lab tech does painless blood draw-always efficient (and) professional."
    - Anonymous
  • "Overall, I felt well cared for as a patient of Dr. Calderwood. This includes the entire staff. I have and always will recommend him to anyone who is looking for an optometrist."
    - Anonymous