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Appendicitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Surgery to remove the appendix is called an appendectomy. Antibiotics may be given to prevent or treat infection. A ruptured appendix may require more extensive surgery. As many as one in five people with appendicitis end up with an abdominal abscess, or pus pocket.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Surgery can cause bleeding, infection, or allergic reaction to anesthesia.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

After surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis, most people are discharged from the hospital in 24 to 36 hours. They can usually return to normal activities in less than two weeks.

How is the infection monitored?

Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Michael Peetz, MD
Reviewer: William M. Boggs, MD
Date Reviewed: 06/01/01

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