If you have appendicitis, our general surgeons can carry out an appendicectomy to remove it


Sometimes, your appendix (small pouch attached to your colon) can swell and cause severe pain. This condition is called appendicitis. We don't really know why it happens. But at HCA Healthcare UK, our general surgeons can carry out a surgical operation called an appendicectomy to remove your appendix.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Appendicectomies can be carried out using keyhole and open surgery techniques.

    Keyhole (laparoscopic) appendicectomy

    Your consultant surgeon will make a few small cuts in your abdomen (tummy). They'll then pass a laparoscope (a flexi-scope with a light and camera) into your abdomen. With the inside of your abdomen showing on a screen, your surgeon will remove your appendix using small surgical instruments.

    Open appendicectomy

    Your consultant general surgeon will make a large cut in the lower-right side of your abdomen. They'll then be able to access and remove your appendix. Open appendicectomies are often carried out if your appendix has already burst.
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    Both keyhole and open appendicectomies are carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep. As a result, you'll be asked to limit your food and drink intake in the hours leading up the procedure. You'll also be asked to put on anti-thrombosis tights to wear during the procedure. These will help to prevent blood clots.
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    After your consultant surgeon has removed your appendix, they'll close the cuts they've made using stitches. You'll then be transferred to one of our recovery wards, where our dedicated nurses and consultants will care for you. If you've had a keyhole appendicectomy, you may be able to leave hospital after a few days. If you've had an open appendicectomy, you may be able to leave within 24 hours.

    You may experience pain, bursting and some short-term constipation for a few days after your appendicectomy. Your recovery time will vary depending on the nature of your appendicectomy.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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