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Do you know about the operations for an inflamed appendix, and if so what are the different ways?



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If an inflamed appendix threatens the life of an individual, then surgery is required. There are two modes of action: regular appendectomy and a laparoscopic appendectomy. The regular one, as you can probably guess, involves making an incision across the patient's abdomen and reaching in and removing the offending vestigial organ by hand. The other method, laparoscopic appendectomy, is a fairly recent technique which is still considered somewhat experimental by many insurance agencies and is therefore not covered. (this is changing, however, since the success rate is so high) This involves making three small incisions on the abdomen, about an inch in length for each, and inserting special instruments to do the surgery without having to open the entire abdominal cavity. The surgery is accomplished with a long camera attached to a fiber optic cable, and the assistant to the surgeon merely manipulates the camera to give the doctor the best view of the tissues to be removed.

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