Curing Appendicitis Without Surgery

So what sort of godlessness and debauchery do we have from that atheist hellhole known as Sweden?  Oh, a medical technique that could revolutionize the way we deal with appendicitis …

Swedish Scientists Say Antibiotics Could Replace Surgery for Appendicitis

According to researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden, antibiotics can replace invasive surgery for the treatment of acute appendicitis involving the removal of the appendix.

“Some patients are so ill that the operation is absolutely necessary, but 80 percent of those who can be treated with antibiotics recover and return to full health,” said Dr Jeanette Hansson, who led the study published in the September issue of the World Journal of Surgery.

During the study period, 558 patients were hospitalized due to acute appendicitis. 80 percent of them received antibiotics as first-line therapy and 20 percent had primary surgery as the second-line therapy. The patients were treated with a combination of piperacillin and tazobactam followed by nine days out-hospital ciprofloxacin and metronidazole.

Seventy-seven percent of patients on primary antibiotics recovered, while twenty three percent had subsequent appendectomy due to failed initial antibiotic treatment. The risk of recurrence within 12 months of treatment with antibiotics was around 10-15 percent.

This is somewhat of a deviation from my normal posts about either politicians or members of various religions doing stupid things to make sure society is still stagnating somewhere in the 12th century, but it was an interesting article and I had to write a little about it.  I’m certainly no doctor, so I don’t have enough expertise to say whether or not a technique like this holds promise, but I’m hoping it further reduces the need to cut someone open if it can be avoided.  Even if that’s necessary, a lot of surgeries now (appendectomies and gall bladder … -ectomy?  –saurus?) don’t even require a patient being cut open as much as poked a few times for a mini camera and some precision surgical instruments.

I remember my dad had his gall bladder taken out, and has the 6-inch scar to prove it.  A friend of mine recently had the same thing and walked away with a couple of small incisions left to heal.  What a difference 20 years makes.  Though personally, I prefer not to need that level of benefit from modern medical technology until we get to the point where we can clone organs from our own stem cells.  I plan on living forever, after all.

Joking aside, I’m forced to admit that when I first read this article, stories like these and these came immediately to mind.  In case you’re link-phobic (they go to my own blog) they’re about people whose values and beliefs are so backward that despite the fact that they live in a country with some of the best medical technology in the world, they vehemently oppose its use for themselves and their children because they are convinced that a god from some ancient book is going to help them instead.  It’s sad that my first thought about them is that natural selection will do its job by weeding out those who don’t take advantage of what our knowledge and understanding of the human body and infection has to offer.  The only hope I have is that the more stories that come out about people like them – and how modern secular law treats them – they serve as cautionary tales for anyone who would otherwise take their faith in an all powerful, personal god a little too far.

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