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Laparoscopic versus Open Appendectomy for the Treatment of Acute Appendicitis

GB Hanna, A Cuschieri

Citation Information : Hanna G, Cuschieri A. Laparoscopic versus Open Appendectomy for the Treatment of Acute Appendicitis. World J Lap Surg 2008; 1 (1):19-28.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10007-1043

Published Online: 01-04-2010

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).


Open appendectomy is the ‘gold standard’ for the treatment of acute appendicitis. Laparoscopic appendectomy though widely practiced has not gained universal approval. Although it is a generally safe operation, postoperative complications occur in few patients. Laparoscopic appendectomy was first described in 1983. Reports of early studies were equivocal with few studies evaluating analgesic requirements and the length of hospital stay. This study was aimed to compare laparoscopic with open appendectomy and ascertain the therapeutic benefit, if any, in the overall management of acute appendicitis.

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