Appendicitis is one of the most common emergency procedures. Until recently, it was performed with an open incision of about 5 cm long on the right flank. This procedure can also be performed laparoscopically through 3 very small holes.
Endoscopic approach is beneficial for the patient, due to less pain, decreased hospitalization, and fewer post-operative complications.
Advantages of laparoscopic appendectomy include:
- Smaller incisions
- Better aesthetic result
- Increased visibility into the whole abdominal cavity by the surgeon and not just of the appendix site
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Faster discharge from the hospital
- Reduced likelihood of wound contamination