• Alternative Names

    Appendix removal

    Expectations after surgery

    Patients tend to recover quickly after a simple appendectomy. Most patients leave the hospital in 1 - 3 days after the operation. Normal activities can be resumed within 1 - 3 weeks after leaving the hospital.

    Recovery is slower and more complicated if the appendix has ruptured or an abscess has formed.

    Living without an appendix causes no known health problems.