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June 01, 2020  
EDUCATION CENTER: Women's Health Center
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  • Appendectomy

    An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. Doctors perform the procedure when the appendix is infected or inflamed.

    Doctors perform an appendectomy when the patient is under general anesthesia. The doctor makes an incision in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen and removes the appendix. To get to the appendix, the doctor has to cut through several layers of muscle tissue and fat. After removing the appendix, the doctor will wash out the abdomen, if a pocket of infection has formed, or if the appendix ruptured. He will leave a small tube in the abdomen to help drain any fluid or pus, if it is infected.

    Generally, an appendectomy requires a several day hospital stay to be certain that any infection subsides.

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