The appendix is a small finger-shaped protrusion between the small and large intestines. An infected appendix, if left untreated, can burst and discharge infection into the abdomen area – a potentially life-threatening condition.
Symptoms of acute appendicitis include:
- Abdominal pain (on the lower right side)
- Reduced appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
Whenever possible, our surgeons operate with laparoscopic incisions to open the lower right side of the abdomen and remove the infected appendix. If the appendix has burst or other infection is present in the inflamed area, our experts thoroughly wash the abdomen, leaving a small tube to drain out fluids and cleanse the peritoneal cavity.
Your body usually rebounds after an appendectomy, unless your appendix abscessed or ruptured. In those cases, we carefully prescribe medicines to completely rid your body of any infection. There are no known health problems from living without your appendix.