The First Appendectomy

Appendicitis as you know is a very common condition.  Over 300,000 appendectomies are performed in the United States every year!

The first appendectomy, or removal of the appendix, didn’t happen until 1735.  A London surgeon successful removed the perforated appendix of an 11-year-old boy.  The boy made a quick recovery (for those days), and was successfully discharged from the hospital in a month!

Inflamed Appendix:

inflammed-appendix

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