Appendectomy—Open Surgery:
What is it?

Appendectomy—Open Surgery:
How is it Used?


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Appendectomy—Open Surgery Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

#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 site
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
  • Increased abdominal pain
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Passing blood in the stool

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

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