The appendix is a thin organ that is attached to the caecum which is a part of the large intestine. It sits in the lower right part of your abdomen. Laparoscopic appendicectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, done without a large incision. Instead, 3 tiny incisions are made. A long, thin tube called a laparoscope is put into one of the incisions and surgical instruments into the others. The surgeon looks at a television monitor to see inside your abdomen and guides the instruments to perform the surgery. The appendix is removed through one of the incisions.
A laparoscopic appendicectomy procedure has a shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time, lower infection rates and may cause less pain and scarring compared to an open surgery.
Why might I need an appendicectomy?
Appendicitis is a surgical emergency You may need an appendicectomy to remove your appendix if you show symptoms of appendicitis. If you have appendicitis, there is a serious risk your appendix may burst or rupture. This can happen as soon as 48 to 72 hours after you have symptoms. It can cause a severe, life-threatening infection called peritonitis in your abdomen.
If you have appendicitis symptoms, seek medical care right away.
Some possible complications of an appendicectomy include:
- Wound infection
- Infection and redness and swelling (inflammation) of the abdomen can occur if the appendix bursts during surgery (peritonitis)
- Intestinal obstruction.
- Injury to nearby organs