In the lower right part of your abdomen lies the appendix. It is attached to the beginning portion of your large bowel or colon. If the appendix becomes infected or inflamed, you can develop appendicitis. This will most generally cause pain, nausea, vomiting and possibly a fever. Once a diagnosis is determined, the appendix must be removed.
This can be done laparoscopically through several small incisions with the assistance of a camera. At times it must be done open through a two to three inch incision in the abdomen over the area of the appendix. Most patients can plan on a one to three day hospital stay depending on whether or not the appendix has ruptured. The recovery period is generally one to three weeks.