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Appendectomy – Surgical procedure to remove the appendix

Appendectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix, which is a long, thin pencil-like organ on the right side of abdomen, just above the hip.

Occasionally, and often without much warning, the appendix can become severely inflamed (acute appendicitis), which requires that emergency surgery be performed to remove it before the condition develops into a life-threatening infection.

In emergency situations, emergency room surgeons usually perform a laparotomy (large incision into the abdomen) to remove an acutely inflamed appendix.

However, it can easily be removed laparoscopically. In patients with endometriosis, it’s a good idea to remove the appendix because a high percentage either already have or will develop severe disease of this organ, including endometriotic lesions.

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