What is an appendicectomy?

An appendicectomy is an operation to remove the appendix, a small pouch attached to the large bowel. It is performed when a patient has developed appendicitis, inflammation of the appendix.

What does this involve?

An appendicectomy is performed using laparascopic (keyhole) techniques under general anaesthetic. During the procedure two to three small cuts will be made on the lower abdomen, through which surgical instruments will be passed. After the procedure the cuts will be closed using sutures (stitches).

When will I recover?

Patients will be able to eat as soon as the bladder and stomach are seen to resume function. Patients should walk and resume normal physical activities as soon as possible, although this may take from one to three weeks.