Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Acute Appendicitis Surgery

Surgery to remove the appendix is called an appendectomy.

The two types of appendectomy include:

  • Open appendectomy:
    • An incision is made in the right lower abdomen and the appendix is removed through the incision.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy:
    • A small incision is made in the umbilicus and the surgeon uses a flexible fiberoptic scope to remove the appendix through the small incision.

The laparoscope cannot be used if the surgeon suspects that the appendix has ruptured.

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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Acute Appendicitis References
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