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Are there any risks with removing your appendix?

Are there any risks with removing your appendix?

Yes.: The appendix serves no function that we are aware of, therefore, people do very well without one. If caught early and removed prior to rupture, appendectomy is a low-risk procedure, with low complication rates comparable to any abdominal surgery. If the appendix has ruptured, there is a risk of developing a delayed infection weeks after surgery. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Are there any long-term consequences of removing the appendix?

Are there any long-term consequences of removing the appendix?

No.: Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed due to the high incidence of acute appendicitis. We believe that the appendix has a minor role in immune function, most likely in infancy. The long-term consequences of appendectomy are related to scar tissue that may have arisen from the appendicitis and/or surgery, which can rarely cause bowel obstructions or infertility. ...Read more

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When can I begin working as a waitress again after removing my appendix?(I got several small cuts on my right side instead of a big one)

When can I begin working as a waitress again after removing my appendix?(I got several small cuts on my right side instead of a big one)

Ask surgeon : that is a great question for your surgeon. It depends on your health, how the surgery went, and what your job involves like lifting for instance. ...Read more

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80 year old male diagnosed with burst appendix. Treated for infection and released without removing appendix. Should appendix be removed.?

Varies: Some medical reports indicate that once a ruptured appendix is drained and treated successfully with antibiotics, in some british studies, that an interval appendectomy may not be necessary. Ask your doctors their opinion as to risk of surgery after recovered versus continued observation. It may depend on the person's overall health and risks for having surgery. ...Read more

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Year after removing appendix- blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

Year after removing appendix-  blood test showed a low count of white blood cells? What does it mean and what should this person do?

How low?: Either the absolute lymphocyte or the absolute neutrophil count needs to be markedly below reference range before you give this another thought. Both of these fluctuate wildly from hour to hour. If you feel well, the decision will be either "repeat next year" or "repeat in a few weeks." Stay fit and manage life's stresses and don't give it much worry. ...Read more

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Is there any risk of pathological appendix ?

Is there any risk of pathological appendix ?

No: There are no known causes or risks to developing extremely rare conditions such as cancer or carcinoid or mucocele of the appendix. ...Read more

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Where is my appendix?

Where is my appendix?

Right Lower Quad: Your appendix is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Holly:tell the patient what you have been taught- put thumb on asis(that bone that sticks out at the bottom of the lower right side of your belly) and your 5th finger(pinky) on the edge of the pubic bone (near where the hair ends) extend index finger and find where appendix usually is. ...Read more

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Symptoms of appendix?

Common symptoms: Dscomfort around the belly button, usually moves to the right side of the abdomen over several hours. IWorsens with sneezing, coughing, and deep breathing Pain may increase with movement,loss of appetite, nausea,vomiting, swelling of the abdomen,abdomen feels hard,onstipation,mild diarrhea,slight fever. ...Read more

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