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"Is having one's appendix removed painful?"
My partner just went into the hospital with what may turn out to be appendicitis. If it is appendicitis, and if she has to get her appendix removed, what can we expect from that procedure? How painful is it, and what kind of long term risks for other diseases or problems will she be at?
Appendicitis is a very common problem which fortunately usually turns out all right with appropriate treatment. The doctors who are taking care of your partner in the hospital should be able to answer any questions you might have. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, which is a small extension of the large intestine that can be removed without interfering with the body's functioning. Surgery is require, because if the appendicitis is allowed to continue there can be rupture of the appendix leading to a serious infection. Removing the appendix (an appendectomy) is a simply surgical procedure which is usually very well tolerated. The surgeons will either perform the operation laparoscopically, with a couple of tiny incisions or they will make one larger incision a few inches long in the lower right part of the abdomen. There is some pain and discomfort after the procedure but it tends to only be for a few days, and most people tolerate this very well. There are no long term risks or consequences of having the appendix out. As always your partner's care can any questions the both of you might have are much better answered by talking face to face with the team of doctors taking care of you in the hospital.
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