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Our Experience in Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe

Nuhu Musa Mshelia, SK Obiano, MI Guduf, YS Gital, S Khalifa

Citation Information : Mshelia NM, Obiano S, Guduf M, Gital Y, Khalifa S. Our Experience in Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. World J Lap Surg 2014; 7 (3):111-115.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10033-1229

Published Online: 01-06-2010

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



Federal Medical Centre, Gombe is one of the tertiary hospitals located in the north east of Nigeria. It serves as a referral center to neighboring state and also giving secondary care to the immediate environment. The institution has evolved in giving minimal access surgery services in appendicectomies, cholecystectomies, diagnostic laparoscopy, endourology, etc. We are presenting our experience in laparoscopic appendectomies.


To share our experience in laparoscopic appendectomy.

Materials and methods

One year review (May, 2013 to February, 2014) of patients that underwent laparoscopic appendectomy were made. Recruitment for the procedure is done via presentations at the emergency department (ED) or at the surgical outpatient department (SOPD). All cases that had complications and previous abdominal surgeries or had cardiopulmonary disease are excluded. Patients were counseled and taken written consent for conversion to open.


Twenty patients were reviewed that had laparoscopic appendectomy. All had successful surgery; there was no conversion to open. Mean operative time is 34.2 minutes; mean recovery period is 181 minutes (3 hours), mean pain perception was 2.55 (mild pains), mean hospital stay was 22 hours. They were followed up at the SOPD and none of them had ports sites wound infection or clinical evidence of other complications.


Laparoscopic appendectomy is a favorable option in the treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis. Early recovery, reduced pain and hospital stay are the outcome observed.


MOT: Mean operative time; PP: pain perception; RT: Recovery time; HS: Hospital stay.

How to cite this article

Mshelia NM, Obiano SK, Guduf MI, Gital YS, Khalifa S. Our Experience in Laparoscopic Appendectomy in Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe. World J Lap Surg 2014;7(3):111-115.

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