What Is an Appendectomy?
The appendix is a small, tubular organ located in the lower right of the abdomen and attached to the large intestine. Inflammation of the appendix is called appendicitis, and if left untreated, it could result in the rupture or perforation of the appendix. A perforated appendix releases bacteria and other harmful substances into the abdomen and can be a life-threatening condition. When this occurs, our general surgeons may perform an appendectomy, which is the surgical removal of the appendix to treat appendicitis. We are proud to serve as a trusted source for appendectomy procedures in Northern California. For more on the surgical treatment of appendicitis, please contact Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville or Folsom, CA.
When should an Appendectomy be performed?
Symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Stomach pain, typically in the lower right of the abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Rigid abdominal muscles
If appendicitis is suspected, it is important to visit the local emergency room as soon as possible. For patients who are referred to Sierra Pacific Surgical for their appendectomy, the surgery may be performed open or with a laparoscopic for a more minimally invasive surgery.
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Prompt Care for Appendicitis
An appendectomy is a common procedure that is often provided on an emergency basis. For patients needing this life-saving surgery, Sierra Pacific Surgical offers quality, innovative patient care, from pre-op to post-op recovery. To learn more about appendectomies performed by our Sacramento area general surgeons, please contact one of our centers in Roseville or Folsom, CA.