An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. The appendix is a small, finger-shaped organ that branches off from the first part of the large intestine. The appendix is removed when it becomes swollen (inflamed) or infected. This condition is called appendicitis. An appendix that has a hole in it (perforated) can leak and infect the entire abdomen area. This can be life-threatening.

Appendectomy is done laparoscopic most of the time with 3 small incisions. But can also be performed with a right lower quadrant incision.

General anesthesia is used and You will be asleep and not feel any pain during the surgery. The surgeon makes a small cut in the lower right side of your belly area and removes the appendix. The appendix can also be removed using small surgical cuts and a camera. This is called a laparoscopic appendectomy. If the appendix broke open or a pocket of infection (abscess) formed, you may not require traditional surgical intervention and have a drainage tube place by a radiologist.