Are there complications and/or long-term consequences of appendectomy?
Infection at the surgical sites is the most common complication associated with an appendectomy. Redness and pain may be present with a mild infection. Moderate infections may have more severe symptoms. Antibiotics are used to treat mild-to-moderate postsurgical infections. If an abscess develops, drainage may be necessary.
The appendix plays an uncertain role in adults and older children. Removal of the appendix is not associated with any major long-term health problems. Some studies report an increased risk of certain diseases after an appendectomy. Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory intestinal condition, is one such disease.