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Tri-County Health Care provides appendectomies for those who need the procedure performed due to a viable health concern. Whether you live in Wadena, Bertha, Henning, Ottertail, Sebeka, Verndale, or any surrounding areas, we can help. We’ve been around for more than 90 years, so you can rest assured you’ll be in caring, capable hands when you choose our team for your medical procedure.

What Is An Appendectomy?

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. Typically, this surgical procedure is performed when the appendix is infected with a condition called appendicitis. Appendicitis is an inflammatory condition of the appendix. The appendix is a small, tube-shaped pouch attached to the large intestine and located in the lower right side of the abdomen.

When Do You Need An Appendectomy?

An appendectomy may be needed if a patient shows signs of appendicitis, which is a medical emergency where the appendix becomes sore, swollen, and infected. There is the risk of your appendix bursting or rupturing within 48 to 72 hours after you first show symptoms of appendicitis. If this happens, it can cause a severe and life-threatening infection called peritonitis. The quickest and most efficient way to treat appendicitis is to remove the appendix. You more than likely need an appendectomy if you have appendicitis. Symptoms of appendicitis include the following:

  • Sudden pain on the right side of the lower abdomen
  • Pain that worsens if you cough
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive flatulence
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Rigid abdominal muscles
  • Abdominal swelling

  • The Types Of Appendectomies

    When it comes to appendectomies, there are two different types: open and laparoscopic. Which type of appendectomy is best for your unique situation will be determined by your doctor based on the severity of your appendicitis, as well as your medical history. The standard surgery method is an open appendectomy, but a laparoscopic appendectomy is less invasive. Below, we've gone into detail about each of the different types of appendectomies:

  • Open appendectomy – During an open appendectomy, an incision between two and four inches long is made in the lower right side of the abdomen. The appendix is removed through the incision, and the incision is then stitched closed. This procedure also allows the surgeon to clean the abdominal cavity if the appendix bursts. This type of appendectomy is the preferred method if the appendix has ruptured and the infection has spread to other organs.
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy – During a laparoscopic appendectomy, one to three tiny incisions are made in the lower right side of the abdomen. Next, a small, narrow tube called a cannula is inserted into one of the incisions to inflate the abdomen with carbon dioxide gas so the surgeon can better see the appendix. Then, a long thin tube called a laparoscope is inserted into one of the incisions. It has a tiny video camera attached and surgical tools. Next, the appendix is removed from the last available incision. This surgery type is the best option for old and overweight patients as there are fewer risks involved in this procedure.

  • After Your Appendectomy Procedure

    After your appendectomy procedure, our expert team will monitor you for several hours and check your vital signs, such as oxygen levels and heart rate. How many hours between your procedure and your release will depend on your overall physical condition, the type of appendectomy performed, and your body's reaction to the surgery. An appendectomy procedure's most common side effect includes moderate pain in the areas where the incisions were made. Still, pain and discomfort should subside within a few days. It is important to keep the incisions clean to help to reduce your risk of infection. If you experience any signs of infection, including redness and swelling around the incisions, high fever, chills, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, diarrhea, or constipation, get in touch with our team.

    Contact Us About An Appendectomy

    If you think you may need to undergo an appendectomy procedure because you are showing symptoms of appendicitis, we can help. When experiencing any signs or symptoms of appendicitis, medical treatment must be sought immediately. Contact us today.


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