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digestive_diseases_appendicitis_appendixThe appendix helps fight infection in your body by producing immunoglobulins. However, the appendix is not necessary for survival because other areas of your body are able to do the same thing. So, when the appendix becomes inflamed or infected, it can be surgically removed. This is a very common procedure, and nearly 1 in every 2,000 people have had their appendix removed.

Typically, when an appendix needs to be removed the procedure is performed laparoscopically using several small incisions and a camera. Advantages to having a laparoscopic procedure are less postoperative pain, a quicker return to work, and a shorter hospital stay. Occasionally, due to an extensive infection, prior surgeries, or the inability to visualize other organs, the surgery has to be performed “openly,” or with a larger incision.

Some symptoms of appendicle pain are:

  • Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Inability to pass gas


Why Hillcrest General Surgery?

As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest General Surgery in Waco, Texas strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive general surgery services in the Central Texas Area.