Appendicectomy in Mackay

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Appendicectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the appendix. Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is well suited for this procedure. The appendix can often be removed with several small incisions in the abdomen.

Acute appendicitis is the most common reason for appendicectomy. Other reasons, aside from a suspicion of acute appendicitis, include appendiceal mass and tumour of the appendix.

What Is The Appendix?
The appendix is located in the right lower abdomen, near the right hip. Shaped like a finger, it is a small pouch that extends from the caecum (the first part of the large intestine).

Why Remove The Appendix?
An infected and inflamed appendix can quite easily rupture. And when a ruptured (or Perforated) appendix leaks fluid into the abdomen, it can lead to Peritonitis, which can be life threatening.


What To Expect After Appendicectomy

If your appendix was not perforated (ruptured), you would leave hospital 1-2 days after surgery, provided there are no complications.

Pain is manageable with oral analgesics. You will be able to eat and drink normally.

If your appendix had been perforated, you would need to stay in hospital for longer, receiving intravenous antibiotics (via a drip).

Normal activities, including work, can generally be resumed 1 to 3 weeks after surgery. Longer if you do physical work (your doctor will advise).

Risks With Appendicectomy

As with other surgical procedures, appendicectomy has its risks. These include:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to surrounding structures in the abdomen
  • Risks associated with anaesthesia
That said, the risks are minimal, considering that when it leads to peritonitis, appendicitis can be life threatening.

Choosing Central QLD Surgical Care for Appendicectomy

Along with attentive, compassionate health care, you can expect to be well looked after, pre and post-op, at our Mackay surgery.

We will make sure that you have no reasons for feeling anxious prior to your surgery. After your appendicectomy, your comfort will again be the focus of attention. We want your recovery to be problem-free, so you can return to your normal life as soon as possible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about appendicectomies. We will be only too happy to provide you with the information you need to give you peace of mind and we will make sure that you will be well-prepared for both your surgery and a successful recovery.