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Can you remove your appendix without having appendicitis?

Usually, the appendix is only removed when there is a confirmed or highly suspected case of appendicitis. In some cases, if you are undergoing abdominal surgery for a different condition, you and your surgeon could decide to remove the appendix at the same time to prevent any future potential cases of appendicitis. There are risks of adding this additional surgery, such as increased risk of bleeding and infection. There is also additional pain and healing time that should be considered. These issues should be discussed with your physician.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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