Appendectomy (removal of appendix)

 

The appendix is at the junction between the large and small intestines, and is usually located in the lower right quadrant of your abdomen. Sometimes the appendix gets inflamed, or ruptures. In these cases, removing the appendix can be best. An appendectomy (sometimes called appendisectomy or appendicectomy) is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. This procedure is normally performed as an emergency procedure, when the patient is suffering from acute appendicitis.

An appendectomy is usually performed laparoscopically (this is called minimally invasive surgery) or as an open operation. Laparoscopy is often used if the diagnosis is in doubt, or if it is desirable to hide the scars in the belly buttonĀ or in the pubic hair line.