Laparoscopic Appendectomy

  • Brian c. Organ


Appendectomy continues to be one of the procedures most commonly performed by general surgeons. In the United States, 550,000 appendectomies are performed each year, 54% for appendicitis, 47% incidental to some other procedure.1 Appendicitis in its classic form is easily diagnosed. However, in the very young, the elderly, and the female, it can be difficult to diagnose. This is borne out by a reported negative exploration rate between 15 and 20% in the total population and between 30 and 45% in young women.1–3 Judicious use of laparoscopy evaluation in the diagnosis and treatment of right lower quadrant pain will improve the management of appendicitis.


Acute Appendicitis Laparoscopic Appendectomy Open Appendectomy Normal Appendix Negative Appendectomy 
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