This is the removal of a diseased appendix using small medical instruments inserted into small cuts in the abdomen.
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes infected or inflamed. A laparoscopic appendectomy is the removal of a diseased appendix using small medical instruments and a camera. The instruments are inserted into three or four small cuts in the abdomen.
Though the symptoms may vary, appendicitis may be suspected if you have:
If you have symptoms of appendicitis, you should be evaluated by a healthcare provider. Do not use heating pads, enemas, or laxatives to try to improve your symptoms.
An appendectomy is the removal of an infected appendix to prevent possible complications. The complications can include:
In most cases, an appendectomy is not a planned surgery. During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
You may go home the day of your surgery, but some people need to stay in the hospital overnight. This care path includes costs for a laparoscopic appendectomy that requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
Contact your healthcare provider or go to the emergency room if you have symptoms of appendicitis. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms and how long you have had them.
In most cases, an appendectomy is not a planned surgery. However, if possible, here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider before surgery.
Before you go home, make sure you understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should let your primary care physician know the details of your surgery and treatment plan.
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