Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In this Article
- What is appendicitis?
- What is appendectomy?
- How do I prepare for an appendectomy?
- How is an appendectomy done?
- What is the recovery time for an appendectomy?
- What are the complications and risks of appendectomy?
- Are there long-term consequences of removing the appendix?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
What are the complications and risks of appendectomy?
- Wound infection and perforation (rupture) are the most common complications of an appendectomy.
- Abscess formation in the area of the removed appendix or surgical incision site may also occur.
- Other relatively infrequent or rare complications may include ileus (lack of intestinal peristalsis), surgical injuries to internal organs or structures, gangrene of the bowel, peritonitis (infection in the peritoneal cavity) and bowel obstruction.
Are there long-term consequences of removing the appendix?
For most individuals there are no long-term consequences of removing the appendix. However, some individuals may have an increased risk of developing an incisional hernia, stump appendicitis (infections due to a retained portion of the appendix), and bowel obstruction.
Medscape. Open Appendectomy.
John Hopkins Medicine. Appendectomy.
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