The Surgery Center at Christian Hospital performs appendectomies. Learn more about appendectomy surgery.

For more information on appendectomy, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.

What is an appendectomy?

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. This procedure is usually performed as an emergency procedure for acute appendicitis. This procedure may be performed laparoscopically (minimally invasive procedure) or as an open surgery.

How is an Appendectomy Performed?

Before an appendectomy is performed, patients will receive antibiotics to fight infection or peritonitis and general anesthesia is given.

During an appendectomy, a surgeon will remove the appendix either laparoscopically or with an open procedure.

In an open appendectomy, the surgeon will make a small incision on your lower abdomen and remove the appendix. After the appendix has been removed, the surgeon will close the incision with staples or stitches.

In a laparoscopic appendectomy, the surgeon will make small incisions in your lower abdomen and insert a lighted camera to view your organs on a video screen. The surgeon will then use special tools to remove the appendix and will close the incisions.

Appendectomy Recovery Time

Recovery for appendectomy depends on which type of procedure was performed to remove the appendix. An open appendectomy takes more time to recover than a laparoscopic procedure. Recovery can take anywhere between 1 day to three weeks.

Complications from Appendectomy

The following are some complications that could arise after an appendectomy procedure.

  • Uncontrolled vomiting
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Dizziness
  • Blood in vomit or urine
  • Pain at incision site
  • Fever
  • Pus or infected wound

For more information on appendix removal surgery, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 or email us.