What is an appendectomy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An appendectomy is a surgery to remove the appendix (small finger-shaped pouch at the end of the first part of the large intestine). The procedure is typically performed after a person has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix).

This answer is based on source information from The National Cancer Institute.

An appendectomy is a surgical procedure in which the appendix is removed. Doctors do appendectomies all the time. It’s like the "riding a bike" of surgeries.

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It is always related to an acute illness unless performed during another surgical procedure.The symptoms of acute appendicitis are usually abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, low grade fever and marked tenderness in the right lower potion of your abdomen.

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