An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammatory condition of the appendix.
Symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Stomach pain that begins suddenly near the belly button and spreads through the lower right side of the abdomen
- Abdominal swelling
- Rigid abdominal muscles
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
It is important to seek medical attention immediately if appendicitis is suspected. An appendectomy must be performed right away to prevent complications.