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Laparoscopic Appendectomy

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Why would I need my appendix removed?

Acute appendicitis

This is a condition where the appendix, which is a worm-like structure protruding from the cecum (part of the colon), becomes inflamed and causes right lower abdominal pain, fever, and nausea and vomiting. Most of the time this is a condition recognized in the emergency department and requires prompt treatment to avoid complications such as a ruptured appendix or an abscess.

Chronic appendicitis

A small percentage of people will develop a low-grade dull pain in the right lower quadrant and it could be a sign of chronic appendicitis.

What to expect?

Both conditions are treated with laparoscopic appendectomy as an outpatient. Emergency appendectomy may require a longer hospital stay.

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