Information for Patients
The appendix is a small tubular blind-ending organ found at the start of the large intestine and is located in the right lower half of your abdomen. Acute appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. In the early stages of the disease, the abdominal pain may be central in location before migrating to the right lower half of the abdomen. The treatment for acute appendicitis is surgery to remove the inflamed appendix. This is usually performed using the laparoscopic (“keyhole”) method. If untreated, an inflammed appendix runs the risk of rupturing which may result in a more extensive infection and potentially requiring a more major operation.
For more information, please consult Dr Kevin Sng.