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An appendicectomy (or appendectomy) is the surgical removal of the vermiform appendix. This procedure is normally performed as an emergency procedure, when the patient is suffering from acute appendicitis. In the absence of surgical facilities, intravenous antibiotics are used to delay or avoid the onset of sepsis; it is now recognized that many cases will resolve when treated non-operatively. In some cases the appendicitis resolves completely; more often, an inflammatory mass forms around the appendix. This is a relative contraindication to surgery.
Antibiotics alone can effectively treat children with uncomplicated appendicitis

Antibiotics alone can effectively treat children with uncomplicated appendicitis

Senators Cassidy and Carper urge CMS to update restrictive coverage policies on obesity drugs and IBT

Senators Cassidy and Carper urge CMS to update restrictive coverage policies on obesity drugs and IBT

ASMBS calls for safe and rapid resumption of metabolic and bariatric surgery

ASMBS calls for safe and rapid resumption of metabolic and bariatric surgery

Patient satisfaction and quality of life similar across all appendicitis treatments

Patient satisfaction and quality of life similar across all appendicitis treatments

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Fact-checking president Trump’s State of the Union

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Fact-checking president Trump’s State of the Union

To boost bottom lines, single-payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

To boost bottom lines, single-payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

New tool accurately predicts risks of death, complications from obesity and diabetes

New tool accurately predicts risks of death, complications from obesity and diabetes

Study defies decades-old patient eligibility guidelines for bariatric surgery

Study defies decades-old patient eligibility guidelines for bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery may cut genetic risk for developing breast cancer

Bariatric surgery may cut genetic risk for developing breast cancer

Metabolic surgery patients two times less likely to have recurrent and fatal heart attacks

Metabolic surgery patients two times less likely to have recurrent and fatal heart attacks

Cancer risk reduces to half with over 20% weight loss in post- bariatric surgery patients

Cancer risk reduces to half with over 20% weight loss in post- bariatric surgery patients

Study compares costs, outcomes of surgeries at teaching and non-teaching hospitals

Study compares costs, outcomes of surgeries at teaching and non-teaching hospitals

Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses

Doctors can change opioid prescribing habits, but progress comes in small doses

Study: Sharing medical 'selfies' with a doctor empowers, reassures healthcare consumers

Study: Sharing medical 'selfies' with a doctor empowers, reassures healthcare consumers

Appendix removal linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease

Appendix removal linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease

Long-term opioid use by family member associated with higher chances of persistent opioid use by teens

Long-term opioid use by family member associated with higher chances of persistent opioid use by teens

Researchers assess trends in efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis regimens for surgical procedures

Researchers assess trends in efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis regimens for surgical procedures

The appendix may be associated with Parkinson’s disease

The appendix may be associated with Parkinson’s disease

Study shows spillover effect of evidence-based opioid prescribing for major procedures

Study shows spillover effect of evidence-based opioid prescribing for major procedures

People with type 2 diabetes may have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study

People with type 2 diabetes may have increased risk of Parkinson's disease, shows study