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Appendectomy

Conditions Related to Appendectomy

Appendicitis is the most common of the related conditions to appendectomy and can become a serious, life-threatening situation in a matter of days.
 
Acute appendicitis is caused when the appendix, a six-inch long tube that attaches to the large intestine, becomes filled and infected with mucus, bacteria, stool or parasites. The blocked appendix swells and can quickly rupture, allowing the infection to spread into the abdomen, called peritonitis.
 
Rupture of the appendix can occur within only a few days of the beginning of symptoms. These symptoms include the following:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Problems passing gas
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Low grade fever
 
If you experience any of the symptoms of appendicitis, seek emergency medical care immediately. Depending on your specific case, doctors at Florida Hospital may recommend open appendectomy or our advanced minimally invasive appendectomy.
 

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