Appendix removal, also known as an appendectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to remove the appendix from the body. This procedure is routinely done as an emergency surgery in response to appendicitis—an inflammatory condition of the appendix. An appendectomy requires that the surgeon perform an incision, measuring several inches in length, on the lower right side of the abdomen. The incision site will require stitches and may take several weeks to heal, often resulting in a noticeable scar. Many patients are self-conscious about the scar that reminds them of their surgery. Luckily, with proper wound care and the right products, scar management after surgery has never been easier.
Proper wound care is part of an age-old tradition that many of us are exposed to at an early age. Concerned mothers everywhere have always urged their children to keep their playground-sustained wounds clean and protected, and for good reasons. Maintaining a clean wound is not only important for good hygiene, but it can also prevent your cut or scrape from becoming infected. An infected wound can delay wound-healing, increase scarring, and even make you sick. However, by observing some important steps to proper wound care, it’s easy to prevent infection and ensure that your skin recovers normally.