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Appendicectomy (appendix removal)

Appendicectomy surgery removes the inflamed appendix, to prevent the serious complications that appendicitis can cause. Book online today.

Developing appendicitis is common in children, as well as among adults.

This type of problem can occur to anyone at any stage in their life. Fortunately, dealing with appendicitis can be quicker than you think.

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis means inflammation of your appendix. When it is inflamed it causes pain and makes you feel unwell.

What are the benefits of surgery?

Surgery removes the inflamed appendix and allows infected pus to be washed out. The aim is to prevent the serious complications that appendicitis can cause.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Antibiotics can be used to treat inflammation or an abscess but only if you are well enough. If an abscess continues or if you become unwell even with antibiotics, you will need an operation.

What does the procedure involve?

The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes 1 to 2 hours. To begin, your surgeon will tie off the blood supply to your appendix, then stitch the base, and then remove it. If your appendix is not inflamed and there is no other obvious cause for the pain, your surgeon will usually remove your appendix anyway. The reason is that sometimes the inside of the appendix can be inflamed while the outside looks normal.

There are two surgeries that can be done in order to remove the appendix: the laparoscopic (keyhole) and open surgery.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery

Your surgeon may use keyhole surgery as this is associated with less pain, less scarring and a faster return to normal activities.

Open surgery

This type of operation is the same as the laparoscopic surgery, but it is performed through a larger cut on your lower abdomen.

What complications can happen?

Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death. However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.

General complications of any operation

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Developing a hernia in the scar
  • Blood clot in your leg
  • Blood clot in your lung
  • Unsightly scarring of your skin

Specific complications of this operation

Keyhole surgery complications

  • Damage to structures such as your bowel, bladder or blood vessels
  • Developing a hernia
  • Surgical emphysema

Appendicectomy complications

  • Incorrect diagnosis
  • Developing an abscess within your abdomen
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Continued bowel paralysis
  • Developing a leak where your appendix has been cut off from your bowel
  • Tissues can join together in an abnormal way
  • Pylephlebitis, where infection spreads to your liver

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home 3 to 5 days after an operation for simple appendicitis. However, it’s about a week after an operation for a burst appendix. You should be able to return to work after about 2 to 4 weeks. Going back to work will depend on how much surgery you need and your type of work. However, regular exercise should improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising though, you will need to ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Most people make a full recovery and can return to normal activities after getting their appendix removed.

Summary

Appendicitis is a common condition where your appendix becomes inflamed. Surgery should prevent the serious complications that appendicitis can cause. To find out more, call us on 0808 101 0337.

Acknowledgements

Authors: Mr Ayan Banerjea FRCS (Gen. Surg.), Mr Simon Parsons DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Medical-Artist.com

Specialists Offering Appendicectomy (appendix removal)

Mr David Andrew Evans

Consultant General Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Ed) MD, CST (EC), T(S), RCPathME.

BMI The Beardwood Hospital

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Mr Kesava Mannur

Consultant General & Gastrointestinal Surgeon

MB BS; LRCPS; FRCSG; FRCS(Gen) BSc

BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Charles Evans

Consultant Colorectal and General surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBBS, MD, FRCS (gen. surg)

BMI The Meriden Hospital

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Mr James McCourtney

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

BSc, MB ChB,FRCS (Glas),FRCS (Gen Surg), MD

BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Neil Keeling

Consultant General Surgeon

MB, BS (Lond 1988), FRCS (Eng 1992), MS (Lond 1997), FRCS (Gen Surg 1998)

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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