Appendectomy Specialist

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS -  - General Surgeon

Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic

Andrew Bower, MD, FACS

General Surgeon & Laproscopic Surgeon located in Pendleton, OR

If you have appendicitis or a ruptured appendix, you may need an appendectomy to remove your appendix and restore your health. At Northeast Oregon Surgical Clinic, Andrew Bower, MD, FACS, performs appendectomies using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques whenever possible. If you have a problem with your appendix, you can count on Dr. Bower for expert surgical care. Call or schedule your consultation online today.

Appendectomy Q & A

What is an appendectomy?

An appendectomy is a common surgical procedure during which Dr. Bower removes your appendix. Appendicitis is the primary reason you would need to have an appendectomy.

Whenever possible, Dr. Bower uses laparoscopic surgical techniques to remove your appendix. Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that only requires a few small incisions in your abdomen and the use of specially designed surgical tools — including a laparoscope — which are inserted through those incisions.

A laparoscope is a surgical tube with a tiny camera and light mounted on the tip that sends images from inside your body to a monitor in the treatment room. Dr. Bower is able to examine the inside of your body and perform the surgery without having to make a large incision in your body.

What does my appendix do?

Your appendix is a tube-like organ that attaches to the beginning of your colon and is located in the lower right part of your abdomen. Your appendix produces immunoglobulins — a protein that destroys bacteria and fights off infection in your body.

What is appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a condition where your appendix becomes inflamed and causes a sudden and severe pain in your lower right abdomen. The pain may become worse if you cough or move suddenly. You may also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Bloating

Appendicitis is caused by a blockage in the lining of the organ that traps bacteria, which then multiply. If left untreated, appendicitis can cause complications like a ruptured appendix, which can spread the infection throughout your abdomen. You might also develop an abscess if your appendix bursts, and that would need to be drained and treated with antibiotics.

What should I expect during recovery?

If Dr. Bower removes your appendix with laparoscopic techniques, you should be able to get up and walk around on the day of your surgery. You should also be able to get back to normal activities like driving and going to work or school within two weeks. Your follow-up appointment with Dr. Bower is usually scheduled a couple of weeks after your surgery.

If you’re concerned about your appendix or have appendicitis, call or schedule a consultation online today to talk to Dr. Bower about the treatment that's best for you.

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