Our body is made up of vital organs that we need to survive. On the contrary, there are also some non-vital organs that people can live without. One of those organs is the appendix. In fact, more than 300,000 people have their appendix surgically removed each year due to appendicitis. Luckily, you don’t need an appendix to live a long and healthy life.
Until recently, doctors haven’t even fully understood the purpose of having an appendix in the first place. But scientists have conducted some eye-opening research that finally gives us a better idea of what the appendix does and why it’s actually more important than we might think. Let’s take a look!
What Is the Appendix?
Before we dig deeper into the study, let’s review what an appendix actually is. The appendix is located in your lower right abdomen that sits where your small intestine meets your large intestine. Healthline says it’s a thin, 4-inch long tube that only really gets your attention when it becomes infected.
An infected appendix is called appendicitis. If your appendix becomes inflamed, it can become a life-threatening condition. You could end up developing an abscess or it could rupture altogether.