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Appendectomy is an operation to remove the appendix. Your child may need an appendectomy if they have appendicitis (infection of the appendix).

Key points

  • If your child has appendicitis, your child will probably need surgery (an operation) to remove the appendix.
  • Depending on your child's condition, the appendectomy may be an emergency operation or a planned operation.
  • Your child will need a general anaesthetic for the operation.
  • Call your child's surgeon's office if your child has a fever, belly pain or vomiting or if you notice signs of infection in the wound after the operation.
Last updated: January 23rd 2024