EMERGENCY SURGERY

In cases of medical emergency, immediate action and urgent surgery is required in order to prevent damage to the patient's body or even save his/her life.

Emergency surgery is a stressful event for patients and their families.

Dr. Konstantinidis and his Surgical Team have extensive experience and specialization in providing high quality care to patients in need of emergency surgery, performing robotic surgery with the state-of-the-art da Vinci Xi system, at Athens Medical Center.

Appendectomy

Acute appendicitis is a surgical emergency condition. The experience and specialization of the surgeon in its treatment is catalytic, as it is a condition that if not diagnosed in time and not treated properly can have serious to fatal complications. Read More here

Ileal Adhesions

Obstruction of the intestine or adhesive ileum is a very urgent condition that if left untreated can be life threatening and therefore requires immediate surgery. Read More here

Rupture of a corpus luteum

The development of a small corpus luteum or hematoma in the ovaries is not uncommon, as varying degrees of bleeding and bladder swelling usually occur during the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. Usually, corpus luteum and hematomas resolve on their own and without causing clinical symptoms. Sometimes, however, corpus luteum grows and becomes abnormal, resulting in different kinds of emergency surgery. Emergencies resulting from corpus luteus are not very uncommon, although there is not enough relevant reference in international literature. In most reported cases, the complications are caused by a rupture of the corpus luteum, resulting in hemoperitoneum. This condition should be diagnosed and treated immediately, because delayed diagnosis can significantly reduce a woman's fertility and intra-abdominal bleeding can be life threatening. The treatment of corpus luteus rupture is now usually carried out with minimally invasive methods, either with traditional laparoscopic surgery or -ideally- with robotic surgery, which is an evolution of laparoscopy. With the assistance of the robotic system (da Vinci Xi), surgery is performed with the least possible tissue injury and the maximum protection of the anatomical structures sensitive to the woman in the area.

Rupture of endometriosis

Rupture of an endometrium is a rare occurrence, with an estimated incidence of less than 3% in women of childbearing potential with endometriosis. This condition occurs more often during pregnancy, due to the hormonal stimulation of the stromal elements of the endometrium. It is a surgical emergency and is treated surgically. Read more about endometriosis here.

Ruptured Spleen

Splenic rupture is usually the result of an abdominal injury. In rare cases, it can also be caused by an infection or hematological condition, as well as a complication of surgery in the abdomen. A ruptured spleen can lead to massive intra-abdominal bleeding and should therefore be treated as a medical emergency. Splenic rupture can be either acute or delayed. An acute rupture, which is immediately accompanied by severe pain and shock, is different from a delayed rupture, which occurs with a sudden onset of pain and shock after an asymptomatic period lasting from days to weeks. Ruptured spleen is treated by surgically removing the organ with a procedure called splenectomy. Read more here.

Perforation of gastroduodenal ulcer

A rare complication of peptic and duodenal ulcers is the so-called perforation of the stomach. This is a grave condition because it allows bacteria inside the stomach to escape and infect the peritoneum, causing peritonitis. In peritonitis, an infection can spread quickly into the bloodstream (sepsis) before it spreads to other organs. This carries the risk of multiple organ failure and can be fatal if not treated promptly with surgery. Read more about treating peptic ulcershere

Strangulated hernia

The only method of permanent treatment of a hernia is surgical repair. Patients with hernias are at risk of developing serious complications, such as the entrapment of the bowel in the hernia gap (strangulation) which can cause intestinal obstruction and ischemia (bowel perfusion disorder leading to gangrene). Both of these conditions require urgent surgical treatment. Scheduled (non-emergency) hernia correction generally leads to better results, shorter recovery time, and far fewer postoperative complications. Read morehere.

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