The appendix produces a bacteria-destroying protein called immunoglobulins, which help fight infection in the body. Its function, however, is not essential. People who have had appendectomies, their appendix removed, do not have an increased risk toward infection. Other organs in the body take over this function when the appendix has been removed. The Nebraska Medical Center offers minimally invasive treatment options for appendicitis.
A person experiencing Appendicitis may experience:
- Pain in the right lower abdomen, with or without fever
- Pain near the belly button and progresses to the right lower abdomen area
- Nausea and possible vomiting
- Diarrhea or a burning sensation upon urination
For more information about Appendicitis visit the health library.