Acute appendicitis, which is the inflammation or infection of the appendix, is a common reason people present to the emergency room with abdominal pain. Prompt surgical treatment is important to prevent the appendix from rupturing. This surgery can often be done laparoscopically, and in most cases, with an overnight stay in the hospital. Bowel obstructions, perforated intestines, stomach ulcers, and bleeding intestinal problems are other common surgical emergencies that your surgeon treats on a regular basis. In addition, all MCSO surgeons are trained in Advanced Trauma Life Support.