A 23-year-old male asked:
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how do they seal off where they removed the appendix? do they burn it or stitch it? wats chance of a leak?

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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Variable : Usually this is with sutures or staples designed for that purpose. Chance of leak is very low, and should be less than 5% at most. Hope his helps!
Answered on Sep 12, 2013
Dr. Paul Harper
51 years experience General Surgery
Depends: I usually put in 2 ties around the base of the appendix. I have also used staples and sometimes bury the appendix in the wall of the bowel. Chance of a leak is small.
Answered on Sep 14, 2013

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