Appendectomy

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Appendectomy

(Science: procedure, surgery) a surgical procedure which involves the removal of an inflamed appendix.

this procedure may be performed through a conventional abdominal incision or using a laparoscope. In both approaches the patient is asleep under general anaesthesia. Convalescence in the hospital is 1 to 3 days. Typically much shorter if performed laparoscopically. Rupture of the appendix can lengthen recovery time considerably.

See: appendicitis.