Laparoscopic appendectomy

When an appendix is removed laparoscopically, 3 or 4 incisions, each 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) to 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, are made in the abdomen. A surgeon inserts a viewing device (laparoscope) into one incision. The laparoscope is attached outside the body to a video monitor, allowing the surgeon to see inside the abdomen. Surgical instruments are inserted into the other incisions to remove the appendix.

General anesthetic is required for laparoscopic appendectomy. The procedure generally lasts 2 hours or less.

With laparoscopic appendectomy:

  • Recovery usually is faster and less painful than after traditional open surgery.
  • You may spend less time in the hospital.
  • You may spend less time away from work and other activities.

Last Updated: June 30, 2009

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