What is Appendicitis Surgery?

This common condition is an infection of the appendix. It can cause pain at the lower right side of the abdomen. Treatment is with intravenous antibiotics and surgery for removal of the appendix. Appendix surgery is commonly done with the keyhole or laparoscopic technique.

What is Appendicitis?

Appendicitis can affect anybody, but it commonly occurs in individuals between 10 and 30 years old. However, the signs and symptoms do not always follow a simple pattern. If the appendix gives way, pus and infected material will leak into the whole abdomen. This can cause an infection of the abdominal cavity known as peritonitis, a life-threatening infection, which may require urgent appendicitis surgery.

What to expect?

Before your appendix treatment procedure

  • Stop all food and drinks when experiencing pain and immediately seek a doctor’s opinion
  • All regular medications will be stopped unless absolutely necessary under a doctor’s supervision.
  • If appendicitis is suspected, you will be admitted and kept fasted.
  • You will be started on intravenous fluid and antibiotics.
  • A CT scan may be required for diagnosis. However, most of the time diagnosis is confirmed with a history and physical examination (clinical).

On the day of your appendicitis treatment procedure

  • The appendix is usually removed with the keyhole technique.
  • If caught early, the surgery is straightforward and you may be discharged in 24 hours. However, the length of stay and recovery from the procedure depends on the patient and severity of the appendicitis and scope of the appendicectomy treatment.
  • Your surgeon will advise you on the specific details.

After your appendicectomy procedure

  • You may be allowed to drink fluids and eat within the next 24 hours. However, allow your appetite to guide you. Do not force food.


If you need appendicitis surgery in Singapore, contact us for your options.