An appendicectomy is a surgical operation in which the vermiform appendix (a portion of the intestine) is removed. Appendicectomy is normally performed as an urgent or emergency procedure to treat acute appendicitis. It is the most commonly performed acute abdominal operation in Australia.
Appendectomy may be performed laparoscopically (as minimally invasive surgery) or as an open operation. Laparoscopy can be used if there is doubt about the diagnosis, allowing the appendix and nearby organs to be inspected before a decision is made about the correct procedure. Recovery is often faster after laparoscopic surgery, allowing quicker return to work and other physical activity.