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Can you explain how an appendectomy is done?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: General Surgery

Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon.
The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply.

In brief: General Surgery

Appendectomy is one of the most common operations performed by a general surgeon.
The traditional operation involves making a 1"-3" incision in the right lower abdomen; this operation can also be performed via laparoscopy using 3 small incisions. Either way, the surgery requires general anesthesia, and the appendix is permanently removed along with it's adjacent blood supply.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Ernest Block
I would agree. There is no clear advantage to one procedure over the other in most patients. In some advanced cases of appendicitis, a laparotomy is warranted (larger incision in middle of abdomen).
Dr. Ernest Block
Surgery - Trauma
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In brief: Lap vs Open

Btw, it is important to note that there is likely no difference in outcome based on the traditional open vs laparoscopic approach.
In some cases of severe infection, the surgeon may need to use a larger incision.

In brief: Lap vs Open

Btw, it is important to note that there is likely no difference in outcome based on the traditional open vs laparoscopic approach.
In some cases of severe infection, the surgeon may need to use a larger incision.
Dr. Ernest Block
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