Laparoscopic Appendectomy

What is Laparoscopic Appendectomy?

An appendectomy is a procedure in which the appendix is surgically removed from the body. It is a fairly common procedure, and is often performed as an emergency surgery for the treatment of appendicitis. Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix becomes inflamed and swollen, causing the spread of bacteria as well as pain and discomfort. If left untreated, appendicitis can cause the appendix to burst, releasing bacteria/pus into the abdominal cavity.

How does the procedure work?

During a laparoscopic appendectomy, Dr Mosai will make small incisions in the abdomen, through which he will insert a narrow tube. The tube is used to inflate the abdominal cavity with gas to allow Dr Mosai to view the appendix in detail.

When the abdomen is adequately inflated, a laparoscope, which comprises a light and camera, will be inserted through an incision. The camera will transmit images to a screen, allowing Dr Mosai to see the inside of the abdomen clearly. He will use tiny surgical instruments to remove the appendix before closing all of the incisions.

What does recovery from the procedure involve?

When the procedure is complete, you will stay in the hospital for a few hours before you are allowed to go home. Once your vital signs have been thoroughly checked, you will be released. In cases where someone came to the hospital when the appendix has already burst,the  patient will stay at least two more days in hospital to receive an intravenous antibiotic.

Because the laparoscopic appendectomy procedure is minimally invasive, post-surgery pain is less than traditional open surgery. Patients can expect a quick recovery and minimal scarring.

Patients are usually allowed to eat a full ward diet immediately after surgery and can usually resume their normal life activities as soon as day one after discharge from the hospital.

You will need to see Dr Mosai for a follow-up consultation between one and two weeks following the treatment. At this point, he will check that you have recovered adequately from the surgery.