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Is it advisable to go through intravenous medication and avoid laproscopy if the patient does not have severe pain?

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Is it advisable for a patient undergo treatment through intravenous medication and avoid laproscopy if the patient does not have severe pain?
Posted Fri, 5 Oct 2012 in Abdominal Pain
 
 
Answered by Dr. Enrique Molina 30 minutes later
Hi XXXXXXX:
It all depends on the cause of the abdominal pain and what type of medications we are talking about.

Abdominal pain is a very broad term, and could be caused by many different illnesses from different organs, including but not limited to: bowels, ovaries, pancreas, stomach, vessels, appendix, uterus, bladder, kidneys, biliary tree, etc.
Surgery is usually the last resort in most case scenarios, and is reserved for when medications either by mouth or intravenous don't resolve the problem.

Let me know if this answers your question, otherwise I would need more details regarding your abdominal pain, medications, studies done.
Best regards,
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Follow-up: Is it advisable to go through intravenous medication and avoid laproscopy if the patient does not have severe pain? 16 hours later
Thanks. It is due to appendicitis and the medications were Intravenous Antibiotics
 
 
Answered by Dr. Enrique Molina 7 hours later
Then if it is appendicitis it is most beneficial to get the appendix removed laparoscopically.
Intravenous antibiotics can help, and you can certainly get better and avoid surgery if the appendicitis is mild, however there is a good chance you can get another pain attack (due to appendicitis) in the future.
Also by not getting surgery you are running a risk of future complications such as an abscess (infection), rupture of the appendix, etc.
Again, all decisions are done on a case by case basis, so you should definitely discuss it at length with the surgeon and medical doctor involved.
Hope you are feeling better.
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