When the appendix becomes inflamed and infected, doctors perform an appendectomy to prevent a rupture and systemic infection. As a Pediatric Surgeon at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York, Dr. Gustavo Stringel frequently performs this type of surgery in children.
An untreated appendix can rupture quite quickly, which can be fatal. Dr. Gustavo Stringel cautions that appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix) is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical care. Parents should be alert for early signs of appendicitis in their children, including sharp pain around the belly button or in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. Vomiting, dry heaves, loss of appetite, fever, and frequent painful urination may also be present.
Once doctors diagnose appendicitis, they move quickly. The child will be admitted to the hospital, and his or her physician will remove the appendix using a laparoscope or by open incision. The child will likely remain in the hospital for one to three days following the surgery, although laparoscopic removal often results in quicker recovery time than open surgery.
For more than 150 years, Westchester-based New York Medical College has educated students in a variety of health science-related matters. Affiliated with the Touro College and University System, New York Medical College holds certification from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and other groups. A national leader in graduating primary care physicians, the College boasts a student and resident population of approximately 2,500.
New York Medical College features three schools: the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. Those who attend these institutions can receive training at numerous medical clinics, including Metropolitan Hospital Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Terence Cardinal Cook Health Care Center, and Norwalk Hospital. To learn more about the facilities and options available at New York Medical College, visit NYMC.edu.
About the Author: A medical professional trained in laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Gustavo Stringel tends to patients at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. In addition, Dr. Stringel teaches academic surgery at New York Medical College and has earned tenure there as a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics.