How is an appendectomy performed in children?

The only effective treatment for appendicitis is an operation to remove the appendix, called an appendectomy. Antibiotics are usually started before the operation so they can stop the infection from spreading. They will be given through an IV (a tiny tube inserted in a vein). The antibiotics only help the operation; they can't treat the appendicitis itself.

The appendectomy is done in the operating room with general anesthesia. This means your child will be completely asleep and unaware of any pain during the procedure. In most cases, the appendix will be removed through a small surgical opening in the lower right part of the belly.

After the operation, your child will be watched carefully in the recovery room for about one hour. When she is stable and awake enough, she will be moved to a hospital room.

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