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Appendectomy​ Overview

Appendectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the appendix. It is normally performed as an emergency surgery when the appendix is infected (also known as appendicitis).

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How is an appendectomy preformed?​

The appendectomy can be performed via open or laparoscopic surgery. The laparoscopic method is preferred as it reduces infections and healing time; however it will be up to the surgeon to decide the best mode of operation.

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is the inflammation/infection of the appendix in which the appendix is filled with pus. It is typically treated with surgery and antibiotics.  Common symptoms include:

  • The number one symptom of appendicitis is abdominal (belly) pain, typically beginning near the belly button and then traveling below your belly button on your right side. The pain is persistent and is aggravated by walking, moving, and coughing.
  • You may also experience nausea and vomiting and may not have an appetite.
  • A low-grade fever can also accompany appendicitis, but children tend to have higher fevers.
  • Other symptoms include constipation, back pain, and a swollen abdomen.


What are the risks of not treating appendicitis?

The risks of not treating appendicitis can lead to a ruptured appendix that can cause sepsis and abscess which can ultimately be fatal if not treated in time.

How long is the surgery?

The surgery typically lasts last than an hour and is performed under general anesthesia.

How is the recovery after surgery?

You will likely go home in a day or two after surgery. Recovery typically takes about two to four weeks.

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