What Is an Appendectomy?
An appendectomy is the scientific name for the removal of one’s appendix through surgery. The appendix is a small tubular organ connected to your large intestine. It is considered vestigial, meaning whatever purpose it once served is no longer necessary to the body, so people can generally live without their appendix without a problem.
What Is an Appendectomy Needed For?
When someone develops acute appendicitis, they need an appendectomy. This is because when the appendix becomes inflamed, it fills with pus and bacteria, and it can burst. If it does, that bacteria and pus can enter the abdominal cavity where it may be potentially fatal. By removing an appendix once it becomes inflamed, you can protect the body from further health issues.
What Can I Expect From an Appendectomy?
Our modern laparoscopic surgical techniques often allow us to perform appendectomies with minimal scarring and downtime. We are able to make a small incision and remove the appendix using a cannula, a laparoscope and specialized surgical tools. Laparoscopic appendectomy is a lower risk procedure that is suitable for most appendicitis cases. If you suspect you have appendicitis, you should contact us immediately for treatment. After your procedure, you will often be able to return to your regular daily activities in a few days with no ill effects.
Appendectomies in Alabama with Surgical Services of Athens
Residents of Athens, Huntsville, Madison and surrounding areas have put their trust in us for all their surgical needs for over 20 years. Our experience, combined with an understanding of modern surgical techniques, help provide our patients with the best results. If you need an appendectomy in Alabama, call us at 256-216-6500 or come to us for treatment immediately.