Surgery of the Appendix

  • Claude E. Welch
  • Leslie W. Ottinger
  • John P. Welch
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties book series (CMSS)


The removal of an appendix can range from a very simple to a very complicated procedure depending upon the state of inflammation and the location of the appendix. The same principles, however, are followed in all cases. The important features are an adequate exposure, complete hemostasis, removal of the entire appendix whenever possible, and a firm closure of the appendiceal stump. Antibiotic therapy is not indicated for early, acute appendicitis but with any purulent exudate it should be used preoperatively and postoperatively to reduce the incidence of complications.


Acute Appendicitis Terminal Ileum Rectus Sheath Perforated Appendicitis Vermiform Appendix 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude E. Welch
    • 1
  • Leslie W. Ottinger
    • 1
  • John P. Welch
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of ConnecticutHartfordUSA

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