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Appendix

The appendix is a small blind ending tube attached to the first part of the large intestine. When it becomes inflamed, several complications may occur. If the appendix bursts, peritonitis or an abscess can follow. The appendix can become buried in an inflamed mass of tissue to which other organs such as the small intestine or Fallopian tube can become stuck, causing them to become blocked or scarred.

The treatment of appendicitis is appendectomy - removal of the appendix. Use of the laparoscope for appendectomy enables the surgeon to examine the interior of the abdomen more thoroughly than through a conventional incision. Tiny incisions that can be hidden in the belly button and abdominal hair produce an excellent cosmetic result. A hospital stay may be necessary if the appendix has burst or is very inflamed. In elective or less serious cases, laparoscopic appendectomy can be performed as an outpatient without an overnight stay. 

 

 

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