Appendectomy

What Is an Appendectomy?

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. It’s a common emergency surgery that’s performed to treat appendicitis, an inflammatory condition of the appendix.

Laparoscopic Appendectomy

During a laparoscopic appendectomy, a surgeon accesses the appendix through a few small incisions in your abdomen

Once the abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide , an instrument called a laparoscope will be inserted through the incision. When the appendix is found, it will be tied off with stiches and removed. The small incisions are then cleaned, closed, and dressed.

Laparoscopic surgery is usually the best option for older adults and people who are overweight. It has fewer risks than an open appendectomy procedure, and generally has a shorter recovery time.

Open Appendectomy

During an open appendectomy, a surgeon makes one incision in the lower right side of your abdomen. Your appendix is removed and the wound is closed with stiches. This procedure allows your doctor to clean the abdominal cavity if your appendix has burst.

Your doctor may choose an open appendectomy if your appendix has ruptured and the infection has spread to other organs. It’s also the preferred option for people who have had abdominal surgery in the past.

Global Hospital recommend laparoscopic appendectomy surgery as it presents numerous advantages:

  • Quicker recovery and minimal post operative pain
  • Less complications
  • Minimal incisions
  • Shorter duration of hospitalization.
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