The appendix is a finger-like projection attached to the large bowel, located in the lower right side of the abdomen. Currently there is no known function of the appendix and removal does not affect a person’s health.
The appendix can become infected resulting in pain and swelling of the organ. Patients may complain of pain in the lower abdomen, fever, nausea and being off their food. If left untreated the appendix can burst and patients usually present as an emergency to the hospital for quick assessment and removal.
Appendicectomy is a relatively common operation that is performed by a keyhole technique involving 3 small incisions and the long-term complication rate is low. Depending on the severity of the appendicitis, patients usually are in hospital for 1-2 days.