Definition of appendectomy in US English:


(British appendicectomy)


  • A surgical operation to remove the appendix.

    • ‘It was possible that it might be needed for an emergency appendectomy being undertaken by the ship's surgeon while at sea.’
    • ‘By the end of the 1920s, deliveries and abortions, adenoidectomies, appendectomies, tonsillectomies, and the treatment of accident victims accounted for 60 percent of hospital admissions.’
    • ‘For example, a general surgery session may include a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, appendectomy, and major bowel procedure.’
    • ‘As a general surgical trainee, I had performed a couple of appendicectomies and a few other supervised operations, but I was certainly not ready to do anything as major as opening the abdomen without supervision.’
    • ‘Additionally, cholecystectomies and appendectomies continue to be misclassified.’
    • ‘The most common abdominal operation performed on an emergency basis is the appendectomy, which is performed more than 250,000 times annually in the United States.’
    • ‘There also are reports of adenocarcinoma of the appendix presenting as a mucinous cystadenoma; therefore, an appendectomy should be performed at the time of surgery.’
    • ‘If a patient keeps going back to a specialist, particularly a surgeon, then hysterectomies, appendectomies and gall bladder operations are carried out unnecessarily.’
    • ‘This alone makes it difficult for them to progress to performing operations like appendicectomies, which most current registrars were doing as pre-registration house officers.’
    • ‘All patients who underwent laparotomy or laparoscopy for suspected appendicitis had an appendicectomy.’
    • ‘Unlike her predecessors, Ms D scrubbed for only one surgical procedure, an appendectomy, the entire time she was in Vietnam.’
    • ‘It has also in recent times completed emergency procedures such as appendectomies, open fixation of broken bones and bowel resections.’
    • ‘Researchers emphasize, however, that the absolute risk for developing Crohn's disease in 10 years is two patients per 1,000 appendectomies, and there is no reason to believe that appendectomy is the cause of increased risk.’
    • ‘Appendicitis is treated by removing the inflamed appendix through an appendectomy.’
    • ‘Only two years previously, I had undergone an emergency appendicectomy.’
    • ‘We've done nine appendicectomies, it's a very safe procedure in our hands, with no complications related to the appendicectomy or the surgery.’
    • ‘Early appendicectomy was first recommended and performed for non-perforated acute appendicitis in the 1880s.’
    • ‘This operation is called an appendicectomy or appendectomy.’
    • ‘After an appendicectomy, some people can get an infection around the area of the wound.’
    • ‘Surgeries that were once routinely performed by opening the abdomen, such as gallbladder surgery and appendectomies were routinely done with laparoscopic techniques by 1999.’