Appendix surgery

hpbAppendix is a long tubular structure which varies in length from 5 cm to 15 cm. It is a vestigeal organ in human and we do not use it. It is attached to the junction of small and large intestine called as Caecum.

Sometime the lumen of appendix gets blocked by hard stool, or a stone made of stool. This can cause infection in appendix called as appendicitis and severe pain in right lower part of the abdomen.

normal appendix, Gajendra Singh MD, Forsyth Surgical Associates Winston Salem, NC Ruptured appendix from cancer, Gajendra Singh MD, Forsyth Surgical Associates Winston Salem, NC

acute appendicitis removed laparoscopically, Gajendra Singh MD, Forsyth Surgical Associates Winston Salem, NC

 

An infected appendix needs to be removed surgically. Dr. Singh can remove most of the time by doing laparoscopic surgery by just 3 little holes of size of the tip of pinky finger.

Sometime it has to be done open. Most of the patient after laparoscopic surgery can go home with in 24 hours. Some may have to stay longer