Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 298–301 | Cite as

Is laparoscopic better than open appendectomy?

  • Keith N. Apelgren
  • Robert G. Molnar
  • John M. Kisala
Original Articles


Laparoscopic appendectomy is becoming increasingly popular as surgeons strive to manage surgical problems via minimally invasive techniques. We reviewed our early experience in 38 patients with laparoscopic appendectomy and compared it to open appendectomies done during the same time period. We found no difference in hospital costs, stay, or wound infection rate. There was a significant difference in OR time: the laparoscopic approach took longer. We conclude that this new approach is not clearly superior to open appendectomy despite theoretical advantages. Newer instruments and further studies are needed.

Key words

Appendicits Laparoscopy (peritoneoscopy) Appendectomy Costs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith N. Apelgren
    • 1
  • Robert G. Molnar
    • 1
  • John M. Kisala
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryMichigan State University, B424 Clinical CenterEast Lansing

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