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A 29-year-old male asked:

what is appendectomy?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Surgical procedure: Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a small organ attached to the right colon. When the appendix goes bad, the best more durable treatment to avoid serious health disruption is an appendectomy, which can be done with traditional open surgery or with a laprascopic approach. Be well.
Dr. Anthony Smith
General Surgery 22 years experience
Appendix removal: Surgical procedure, usually done with minimal invasive technique which involves the removal of the appendix. Very common procedure which most people recover quite well from. As with every surgery, there is risk involved and your surgeon should detail these to you when obtaining consent for the procedure.
Dr. Som Kohanzadeh
Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Removal of appendix: It is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix. The appendix is a vestigial structure, that means that at some point during the evolutionary process it did something, but for humans it does not have any significant function. Therefore, if gets infected the current treatment in the United States is removal. Usually laparoscopically, which means with cameras and small 1-2cm holes.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

What are common complications of appendectomy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Infection: Appendicitiis is, by definition, an infection. Some patients may develop superficial skin infections following surgery. A deep infection or abscess may develop less frequently, especially following ruptured appendicitis. This requires abscess drainage, which may often be accomplished non-surgically.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does an appendectomy take?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Varies: Depends if it is open or laparoscopic surgery. Usually surgery would be under an hour unless there is a lot of internal scarring or internal infection making surgery take longer.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can i masturbate after an appendectomy?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: That's it...That's the answer.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Please help! what happens during an appendectomy?

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Dr. Mark Pack
General Surgery 31 years experience
Appendix removed: Appendix can be removed open or with a laparoscope, surgeon accesses the appendix through a larger incision if open or several small incisions if laparoscopic. A camera allows the surgeon to see inside your abdomen to guide the instruments. The appendix is removed. After the appendix is removed, the small incisions are cleaned, closed, and dressed.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Appendectomy post-op problems, what to do?

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Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
First and foremost,: ... Discuss them promptly with your operating surgeon.

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