An appendectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat appendicitis.
Appendicitis Treatment in Washington, D.C.
The appendix is a tube that connects to the cecum, the first part of the colon. The appendix’s inner lining produces mucous that flows into the cecum. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. The opening from the appendix to the cecum may become blocked, causing it to become inflamed. If the inflammation continues to spread thorough the appendix, it may rupture, or burst, causing the infection to spread throughout the abdomen.
If surgical intervention is necessary, your surgeon will perform a procedure called an appendectomy.
Appendectomy: What to Expect
During an appendectomy, your doctor will:
- Place you under general anesthesia.
- Make an incision in your abdomen to access to appendix.
- Examine the area for any other problems.
- Your surgeon removes the appendix and closes the incision.
Minimally Invasive Appendectomy
Your doctor may choose to use a minimally invasive approach, performing a laparoscopic appendectomy. During a laparoscopic appendectomy, your surgeon will:
- Make three small incisions, rather than one large abdominal incision.
- Insert surgical instruments into the incisions.
- Remove the appendix.
- Close the incisions.
Laparoscopic surgeries lead to less pain and a faster recovery. Learn more about laparoscopic surgery.
If your appendix had not ruptured, you will be able to leave within a day. You may need a longer hospitalization if your appendix ruptured.