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Removal of Non-Diseased Appendix Results in Problems for Patient (and Surgeon)

By Georgette A. Samaritan, RN, BSN, BS Applied Bio, CPHRM

January 20, 2014

The Case

This case involves a man who underwent a right inguinal hernia repair and appendectomy. The patient subsequently developed peritonitis and osteomyelitis of the pubic bone. Question: Is it safe to remove a non-diseased appendix during an elective hernia repair? 

A middle-aged man with bilateral inguinal hernias decided to have only the right hernia repaired. During the course of the …

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