Appendectomies in East Valley, AZ
The appendix is a small, tube-shaped organ attached to the large intestine. The precise function of the appendix is unknown, but it’s thought to help with recovery from diarrhea, inflammation, and intestinal infections. An inflamed appendix causes a condition called appendicitis, which may cause pain in your lower right abdomen. If this condition develops, it may be best to have your appendix removed. Don’t worry—you can get along just fine without this organ.
The official name for appendix removal is appendectomy. This is among the most common surgeries performed in the U.S. The team at Surgical Professionals has performed numerous successful appendectomies over the past 20 years, and we’re confident we can help your procedure go as planned.
To schedule an appendectomy in Arizona, please contact us at 480-892-2456. We operate at most major hospitals in the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek areas.
Who Needs an Appendectomy?
If appendicitis goes untreated, the appendix could burst, releasing bacteria and other harmful substances into the abdominal cavity, which can be life-threatening. Appendectomy is the standard treatment for an inflamed appendix, and it’s critical to remove the organ before it bursts. Therefore, you should seek treatment right away if you exhibit these symptoms:
- Pain in the lower right abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- Rigid abdominal muscles
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
Remember that not everyone with appendicitis has all these symptoms.
If you suspect you have appendicitis, go to the emergency room immediately. You may need an appendectomy right away to prevent complications.
How is an Appendectomy Performed?
Removing the appendix is a fairly straightforward procedure. The two most common methods include open surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
In an open appendectomy, the surgeon makes one long incision over the appendix. The organ is removed, and the wound is closed with stitches. If the appendix has burst, this method allows the doctor to clean the abdominal cavity. This is the traditional way to perform an appendectomy.
In a laparoscopic appendectomy, your surgeon makes several small incisions. Then, a tiny light, HD camera, and other surgical tools are inserted through the incisions. The appendix is removed, and the wounds are closed and dressed. This option generally offers a shorter recovery time. In fact, at Surgical Professionals, we often can discharge you directly home from the recovery room if your appendix has not yet ruptured at time of surgery. We do the majority of our appendectomies with this approach.
Rarely, if you have appendicitis with severe complications such as an abscess, rupture, or other problem, you may need to have a larger incision performed to safely do your surgery. This is rare, but occasionally necessary to treat you properly.
When the appendectomy is complete, you’ll need to remain in the hospital for several hours while doctors monitor your physical condition. Some patients return home the same day, while others require an overnight hospital stay. If you have had a leak or a rupture from your appendix, you may need to stay in the hospital several days to be treated with IV antibiotics. Full recovery takes about four to six weeks, but generally you are able to walk around your home the same day of surgery.
Risks of Appendectomies
Because we perform a high volume of appendectomies each year, our patients are set up for a successful surgery. Still, all medical procedures come with risks. The ones most often associated with this surgery include:
- Pain, discomfort, infection, and bleeding at the incision sites
- Injury to nearby organs
- Postsurgical infection or abscess. This can sometimes occur several weeks after surgery.
- Blocked bowels. This is uncommon after appendectomy.
Please note that the risks of an appendectomy are generally less than the risks of untreated appendicitis.
Schedule an Appendectomy in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Surrounding Areas
If you are exhibiting signs of appendicitis, you may need surgery to restore your health. With the general surgeons at Surgical Professionals, you’re in good hands! We were founded in the East Valley in 2000. For the past two decades, we have developed close relationships with our patients and primary care colleagues to deliver the best possible results.
We offer an extensive range of general surgeries, including appendectomies, allowing us to provide comprehensive care. Rest assured that we always do right by our patients.
If you think you have appendicitis, we recommend you either immediately call us or go to our emergency room and request to be seen by one of the surgeons at Surgical Professionals.
Please contact us at 480-892-2456 to schedule a consultation for an appendectomy in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and surrounding areas.