Appendectomy -- Open Surgery

An appendectomy is the removal of the appendix. The appendix is a pouch that is attached to the large intestine.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call doctor if any of these occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Increased redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
    • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
    • Increased abdominal pain
    • Lightheadedness or fainting
    • Passing blood in the stool

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    An appendectomy is the removal of the appendix. The appendix is a pouch that is attached to the large intestine.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    An appendectomy is often done as an emergency procedure to treat
    appendicitis. Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It can be caused by an infection or obstruction.

    Inflamed Appendix
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  • Possible Complications