The appendix is a long tubular structure which varies in length from 5 cm to 15 cm. It is a vestigeal organ in humans and we do not use it. It is attached at the junction of the small and large intestines called the Cecum. Sometimes the lumen of the appendix gets blocked by hard stool or a stone made of stool. This can cause an infection in the appendix called appendicitis, which causes severe pain in right lower part of the abdomen.
An infected appendix needs to be removed surgically. Dr. Singh can usually remove the appendix laparoscopically, surgery making three small holes about the size of the tip of a pinky finger. Sometimes it has to be done as an open surgery. Patients (after laparoscopic surgery) can usually go home within 24 hours. Patients who have open surgery may have to stay longer.