The vermicular appendix is an 8- to 9-cm diverticulum of the cecum. Inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis) is one of the most common diseases that causes abdominal pain and requires surgical treatment.
A surgical procedure to remove the appendix (appendectomy) is performed when acute or chronic inflammation or benign tumors of the appendix are diagnosed.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
An open appendectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia. It takes from 20 minutes to 2 hours to complete.
During the operation, an incision is placed in the lower right-hand side of the abdomen. After opening the peritoneum, the surgeon locates the appendix and removes it. If necessary, a drain is inserted and left to drain out fluids.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The surgical wound should be redressed every second day, and the sutures are removed after 7-10 days;
- The surgical incisions should be kept dry for 5 days after the operation;
- During the first days after the operation, the patient can suffer from nausea, abdominal pain, or abdominal bloating;
- Routine daily activities can be resumed within 1-2 weeks.