Laparoscopic Appendicitis

What Is
Laparoscopic Appendicitis Surgery?

Appendicitis is a very common surgical problem, and laparoscopic appendicitis surgery is often done as an emergency procedure to remove the infected appendix. The appendix is removed through an incision in the right lower abdominal wall in traditional surgery. In laparoscopic appendectomy, the surgeon operates through 3 small incisions with each measuring 0.5cm to 1cm. This is done as the surgeon watches a magnified image of the patient’s organs to guide him in removing the appendix.

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Why Laparoscopic Appendicitis Surgery?

Laparoscopic appendicitis surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. The incisions are smaller in size compared to open surgery. It involves lower risk of complications, less pain, less scarring and a faster recovery and return to normal activities for the patient.

Is Laparoscopic Appendicitis Surgery Suitable For Me?

Laparoscopic appendicitis surgery is a safe procedure and can be performed in many cases of early to acute appendicitis. However, patients with heart diseases and COPD would not be suitable candidates for laparoscopic appendectomy. Furthermore, this surgery is not recommended for people with pre-existing diseases and those who had previously undergone abdominal operations.

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Do I Need An Appendectomy Immediately?

To prevent appendicitis from worsening, laparoscopic appendectomy to remove the entire appendix is recommended. An inflamed appendix (appendicitis) can pose a serious health threat and must be removed immediately. An infected appendix usually begins when bacteria and faecal contents become clogged along the opening of the appendix. This causes the appendix to become swollen and inflamed. As the swelling and inflammation continues, an inflamed appendix may rupture, leading to peritonitis, infection of the organs within the abdomen. Peritonitis is a life-threatening condition.

What Are The Side Effects Of Laparoscopic Appendicitis Surgery?

Laparoscopic appendicitis surgery has less risks as compared to open appendicitis surgery. However, there are still some risks involved when undergoing any procedure. Some of the risks associated with the procedure include bleeding, scarring (minor), infection, blockage in the bowel and damage to nearby organs. With that said, the risks of an untreated appendicitis is far greater if treatment is not administered on time. Consider seeking an appointment with a surgeon if you suspect that you might have appendicitis before the condition worsens.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Laparoscopic Appendicitis Surgery?

Most patients who undergo laparoscopic appendicitis surgery require 4 to 6 weeks to achieve full recovery. You may be advised by our doctor to avoid lifting weights and excessive physical activity for your body to heal. You will also be scheduled for a follow-up with our doctor two weeks after the procedure to assess if there are signs of infection and if you are healing well.