STUDY: Appendectomies May No Longer Be Necessary

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A new study from Queens’ Medical Centre in Nottingham, England has found antibiotics to be as effective in treating appendicitis as appendectomies, the BBC reports. Drugs were found to be an “effective and safe” alternative and produced “a significant reduction in risk of complications”  compared with an appendectomy.

There was little difference between the two treatments in terms of length of hospital stay (which was rather short already) or risk of complications.

Some doctors cautioned antibiotics risked the illness returning, the BBC said.

The costs for the surgery range wildly, but it’s rarely cheap. So this development, if seen through, would have us bursting with excitement.

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