What is Laparoscopic Appendectomy?

A laparoscopic is a minimally invasive surgery to remove the appendix through several small incisions, rather than through one large one. Recovery time from the lap appendectomy is short.

Why Laparoscopic Appendectomy is done?

The appendix is a narrow, finger-shaped organ located in the lower right side of the belly. It is connected to the large intestine, and has no function in humans. Appendectomy is done as an emergency surgery for appendicitis because the appendix has become inflamed (swollen) and needs to be removed. If it is not removed, it could burst and cause infection called peritonitis in the abdomen.

How Laparoscopic appendectomy is done ?

2or 3 small incisions nearbelly button and above the pubic area near the hip bone.A thin tube with a camera through one of the incisions to see the appendix and inserta tube to start a flow of carbon dioxide, a harmless gas, into the abdominal space. The appendix is clipped and remove it from the large intestine.

If the appendix has burst, the abdomen is cleaned thoroughly so that the infection does not spread. Once the area is cleaned, the gas is released from the abdomen. Once the appendix is removed, the incisions are closedwith few sutures or stitches.

Post operative recovery

After surgery, recovery time varies depending on the severity of the infection and whether or not the appendix ruptured.if the appendix did not rupture, a person may usually go home after 1 or 2 days in the hospital.

A person will need to stay for longer at the hospital if their appendix has ruptured. Here, they will receive powerful antibiotics and remain under observation for any signs of complications.

Advantages of laproscopic appendectomy

The laparoscopic procedure has several benefits:

  1. Less pain
  2. Lower risk of complications
  3. Lesser Hospital stay
  4. Quicker recovery and return to regular activities
  5. Smaller wounds and scars