Appendectomy - Definition

March 2018


An appendectomy is a surgical operation which consists of removing the ileo-cecal appendix. The appendix could be infected, often due to an obstruction, and it swells: this is appendicitis. The patient feels strong abdominal pain, most frequently localized to the right of the abdomen, often combined with a fever and nausea. An appendectomy is performed under general anesthetic, by an incision or laparotomy, or much more often now, by laparoscopy, which leaves a smaller scar. Recovery is quick despite pain which can be felt when moving in the following days.
Original article published by Jeff. Translated by Jeff. Latest update on October 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM by Jeff.
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