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 ...

To read the remaining 85% of this article, you need to either

Subscribe now to The Connexion and benefit from access to our archived articles since 2006

Print + Digital 3 month subscription

Pay every three months. Our most flexible subscription.

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

€14.25 to France - €18 to EU/UK - €19.50 to rest of the world per quarter including postage

Print + Digital 1 year subscription

1 year of great reading in print and online

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

€55 to France - €70 to EU/UK - €76 to rest of the world per year including postage

Digital 1 year subscription (Our best value offer)

1 year of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

Digital 3 month subscription

3 months of great reading online *no paper*

Automatic renewal, cancel anytime

More articles from Health
More articles from Connexion France
Other articles that may interest you