My operation in France: Appendectomy

John Fisk

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France... this is the third of six different operations covered in this series, by Gillian Harvey

When John Fisk, 63, from Haute-Vienne visited his doctor with a dull stomach ache in June 2017, he did not expect to undergo emergency surgery the same day. But that appointment saved his life...

Initial Symptoms

I’d had a dull stomach ache for a couple of weeks, but nothing that caused me great concern. Because it wasn’t clearing up, I made a routine appointment with my GP and went along expecting to be given a course of antibiotics at worst.

At the Doctors

During my appointment, the doctor examined and pressed my lower stomach and could feel inflammation of my appendix.

I was really surprised – I’d always thought that appendicitis came with sharp pain, but even when he pressed my stomach quite hard, it wasn’t terribly painful.

He ...

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