Originally Posted by mister_mcgoo
just fyi...my wife is a doctor so I always hit her up for advice on this kind of thing...a normal appendectomy while a simple procedure can knock you out for 2-4 weeks simply because it can leave your spleen in a vulnerable position so any big hit could really mess you up. An 'emergency' appendectomy can be worse if the appendix has actually ruptured prior to surgery so just be aware that depending on how it played out he might be out longer.
I had no idea, I always thought it was sorta like having your tonsils out but nope
I think the appendix (lower right) is actually on the opposite side of the spleen (upper left) so I doubt it's related to the spleen.
You basically need the sutures in the appendix to heal, so it doesn't spill out intestinal contents in your stomach and you die from sepsis.
Can be laparoscopic (likely) or open procedure - lap is faster because smaller incisions.