Traditionally, emergent surgical resection was the mainstay of treatment for acute appendicitis. Recent research has shown that short delays up to 12–24 h are permissible for most patients without increased risk of appendiceal perforation or other complications. The acceptable delay prior to appendectomy may be shorter in children. “Outpatient appendectomy” is a viable management strategy in children and adults. This approach, in which the patient’s postoperative care is managed outside of the hospital, features low morbidity, a low readmission rate, and low cost.
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