Appendectomy (cont.)

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What are the complications and risks of appendectomy?

  • Wound infection and perforation (rupture) are the most common complications of an appendectomy.
  • Abscess formation in the area of the removed appendix or surgical incision site may also occur.
  •  Other relatively infrequent or rare complications may include ileus (lack of intestinal peristalsis), surgical injuries to internal organs or structures, gangrene of the bowel, peritonitis (infection in the peritoneal cavity) and bowel obstruction.

Are there long-term consequences of removing the appendix?

For most individuals there are no long-term consequences of removing the appendix. However, some individuals may have an increased risk of developing an incisional hernia, stump appendicitis (infections due to a retained portion of the appendix), and bowel obstruction.

REFERENCES:

Medscape. Open Appendectomy.

John Hopkins Medicine. Appendectomy.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2014

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