Appendectomy—Laparoscopic Surgery
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What is Appendectomy—Laparoscopic Surgery?

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An appendectomy is most often done as an emergency operation to treat appendicitis . Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It can be caused by an infection or obstruction.

Inflamed Appendix
Inflamed Appendix
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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an appendectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to other organs
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Some risk factors that make complications more likely include:

  • Appendix has ruptured
  • Age: 65 or older
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic lung or heart disease
  • Pregnancy

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision sites
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe...
 
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