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What is an interval appendectomy?

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If your doctor thinks you have appendicitis, they'll probably remove your appendix. If the appendix has formed an abscess, you may have two procedures, one to drain the pus and fluid, and a second one to remove your appendix 8 to 12 weeks later. This delayed surgery is called an interval appendectomy.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

University of Maryland Medical Center. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

American College of Surgeons.

University of Maryland Medical Center. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 20, 2019

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