Looking for something?

Find it in our extensive resource library!

Smart Filters

  • Reset
  • Services

  • Who it's for

  • What it’s about

  • Format

View: 420

Download: 0

After the removal of the appendix (appendicectomy)

What happens in the operation to remove an appendix?

An appendicectomy is a common operation which involves the removal of the appendix. This may be performed by the ‘open’ surgery involving a cut, or a ‘keyhole’ surgery. All cuts will be closed with either glue or dissolvable stitches under the skin. Neither of these need to be removed.

Illustration of intestines and inflamed appendix

What complications can happen after the surgery?

The appearance of the appendix at the time of the operation determines what treatment may be needed after the procedure. If the appendix is not burst then usually no further antibiotics are needed and the risk of developing infection in the wound is low.

If the appendix is burst, then your child will be given intravenous (IV) antibiotics after the operation. This is usually for 5 days as there is a risk of infection developing in the wound or of an abscess forming at the site of the appendix.

If an infection develops, then your child will need a longer course of antibiotics and some draining to remove the pus. If either of these are needed, we will know between 7 to 10 days after the operation.

If your child has any of the following:
  • increased pain
  • being sick
  • wound discharge
  • high temperature

you should seek medical attention.

After any type of surgery in the tummy, there is a risk that scar tissue will form. In a small percentage of people this can cause problems in the future with bowel obstruction.

If your child has severe pain in the tummy and is being sick, (especially green sick) then they should seek medical attention.

When can my child resume normal activities?

Recovery in children is usually quick after discharge from hospital. They can resume normal activities including sport, swimming and school as soon as they feel able to, which is normally within a week of discharge although may be slightly longer for a burst appendix.

Will we need to have a medical check up after surgery?

A follow-up outpatient visit is not always needed. You will be told before discharge whether you need to be seen again by a doctor.

Is something missing from this resource that you think should be included? Please let us know

Contact us


Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: PSU14

Resource Type: Article

How useful did you find this resource?*


Western Bank
S10 2TH

United Kingdom

Switchboard: 0114 271 7000

Interesting Facts

We’ve got a special MRI scanner just for teddies so children can see what it’s like before they have a scan.

Help to transform our extraordinary hospital into something even better.


By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.