While the patient is deep asleep and pain free, a small incision is made in the lower right side of the abdomen and the appendix is removed. In some cases, laparoscopic surgery can allow removal of the appendix through a tiny incision.
Reviewed last on: 5/2/2009
Robert A. Cowles, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.