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Appendectomy Surgery

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Updated February 15, 2011

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What is an Appendectomy Surgery?
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Three Surgeons In Surgery

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An appendectomy is an emergency surgical procedure to remove an inflamed or infected appendix, a condition known as appendicitis. Without surgery, the appendix can rupture, spilling infectious material into the bloodstream and abdomen, which can be life-threatening. There is no alternative treatment; surgery is considered the only way to treat appendicitis.

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