We found 1 provider matching appendectomy and who accepts BlueCare Essential Health S1451 near Saint Petersburg, FL.

Dr. John Mitchell Clarke, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1615 Pasadena Avenue S; Suite 330
Saint Petersburg, FL

Dr. John Clarke works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon in Saint Petersburg, FL and South Pasadena, FL. Dr. Clarke's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Clarke include rectal cancer, colon cancer, and colectomy (colon resection). His professional affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and BayCare Health System. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Clarke accepts. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Shands HealthCare for residency. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition. Dr. Clarke (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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What is Appendectomy?

Appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch attached to the large bowel. While this procedure can treat small appendix tumors, it is most commonly performed for appendicitis, a condition characterized by an infected appendix. Appendicitis can cause an appendix to rupture, or burst open. A ruptured appendix can only be treated with an appendectomy. For an unruptured appendix, if antibiotics alone are sufficient to cure the infection, an appendectomy is considered a preventive measure.

There are two approaches to performing an appendectomy: open or laparoscopic. In the open approach, a large incision is made on the lower right portion of the belly, through which the appendix is taken out. The laparoscopic method requires one to three tiny cuts on the abdomen, where surgical instruments are passed through, allowing the surgeon to remove the appendix without making a large incision. This approach is less invasive than the open procedure, but it cannot be performed if the infection is at an advanced stage or if the appendix has ruptured.

Appendectomies typically require a hospital stay of about one to two days. In some cases, the laparoscopic approach may be done as a day procedure. Removal of an unruptured appendix requires about a week off from work or school, and recovery from a ruptured appendix takes roughly twice as long. Strenuous activities like lifting or working out should be avoided for about two weeks following an open appendectomy and about five days following a laparoscopic appendectomy.

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