Appendicitis surgery good choice, report says

February 22, 2011 4:38:16 AM PST
Appendicitis is a medical emergency many parents face with their children.

Moreover, parents receive little notice when a decision about whether to go in for surgery has to be made. And new research is showing in most cases that surgery right away can be a good choice.

When an appendix is perforated or pierced doctors have two options -- they can operate within 24 hours or they can wait six-to- eight week after the diagnosis.

A study in the "Archives of Surgery" compared outcomes.

Those who had surgery right away, got back to their normal activities about five days earlier than those who waited.

Also, those who had surgery early had a 30 percent lower rate of adverse effects such as infections.