25 January 2006
Announcing Appendicitis Central

While out on Friday I came across some more appendicitis stories - maybe I’ll turn this into Appendicitis Central after all.

First up, what happened to an American friend of Michael Jennings at the hands of the NHS.  Once again, they missed it and by the time they got to it they had to hack quite a lot of his gut away meaning that for quite some time afterwards there were only certain types of food he could eat.  That pretty much put him off the idea of socialised medicine.

Secondly, what happened to a friend of Samizdata’s Philip Chaston.  This was in some out-of-the-way place in Italy.  They couldn’t speak a word of English but, yet, everything went fine.

Finally, what happened to our host, Christian Michel, in France.  It was near Christmas, and (I guess) about 40 years ago (Christian was 16 at the time).  Nobody wanted to operate but by Christmas Eve they had no choice.  The operation itself was unremarkable.  But when Christian came round it was midnight mass - all smells, bells and wafers.  In his drugged up state it took him a full 30 minutes before he realised that he was in fact still alive.

Anyway, if I am going to take this Appendicitis Central thing seriously I may as well do it badly and completely unscientifically.  So, have you, or do you know anyone who has had their appendix out?  I am particularly interested to hear from people who had their operations in the US or other exotic locations.  I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has a “good” appendectomy on the NHS (there’s got to be one).

The score so far:

UK: 0 good, 2 bad
Japan: 1 good, 0 bad
France: 2 good, 0 bad
Italy: 1 good, 0 bad

Update  I knew there had to one (good NHS appendectomy - see comments).  Seems rather similar to my own.  I also have a pretty large scar (two actually), so it looks like keyhole surgery isn’t being practised everywhere.  So, the updated table reads:

UK: 1 good, 2 bad
Japan: 1 good, 0 bad
France: 2 good, 0 bad
Italy: 1 good, 0 bad

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  1. I had my appendix removed on the NHS when I was thirteen.

    Only four complaints: it really, really hurt (although that started before I got to hospital, so it wasn’t the NHS’s fault); the five hour wait in A&E (but I was in so much pain that it might have only been forty minutes for all I know, and the staff told my dad that they’d had an unusualy large number of heart attack cases that day, which had a higher priority); the nurses made me get up at about six every morning (but again, getting up early is a good thing, which more people should do more often, so perhaps I shouldn’t complain about that) and it left a scar, which I’d prefer not to have (but how do you remove an appendix without leaving a scar, in the days before keyhole surgery?).

    Apart from that, everything was fine. So, you can chalk that up as a good NHS appendectomy.

    Posted by Andy Wood on 25 January 2006 at 08:55pm

  2. I NEARLY had a really really bad one on the NHS. They’d realised what was wrong, and were going to leave it overnight “to see how things develop”.

    Then I said I was insured, and an hour later I was in the theatre and the job was done.

    Reader - it was gangrenous, it would have ruptured overnight, and I might therefore not now be telling you this tale.

    No further comment needed I hope.

    Posted by Andrew Duffin on 06 February 2006 at 04:53pm

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