Gastroenterology

Nonoperative management of appendicitis offers short-term benefits, but long-term risks



Although nonoperative management could offer patients with acute uncomplicated appendicitis an alternative to surgery, the long-term complications and costs that come with it could make it undesirable as a first-line therapy, according to research published in JAMA Surgery.
Lindsay A. Sceats, MD, of the Stanford-Surgery Policy Improvement Research and Education Center, and colleagues wrote that while appendectomy has long been considered the best treatment for appendicitis, it does not come without risks.
“Long-term complications may occur, including incisional hernias and small-bowel

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