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Rethinking appendectomies and understanding the role of the appendix

Moustafa Hassan, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Moustafa Hassan, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

For centuries, it was seen as a useless organ, but the appendix is now believed to play a role in the body's immune system -- and many doctors and patients are thinking twice before having the organ removed. Sometimes, when the appendix becomes inflamed, surgery is still recommended. Upstate surgeon Moustafa Hassan, MD, who specializes in acute care surgery, explains how that is accomplished and what to consider before the operation.

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