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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 171-174

A comparison of laparoscopic appendicectomy versus open appendicectomy

Department of General Surgery, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Dr. Rayeez P Abdul Nazir
Department of General Surgery, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ksj.ksj_10_20

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Introduction: Laparoscopic appendicectomy is being adopted by majority of general surgeons, but its advantages over open appendicectomy, considering the cost difference, have not been established. This study aims to describe the difference in outcome between the two procedures and compare the costs involved. Materials and Methods: Seventy patients were studied with 35 in both laparoscopic and open appendicectomy groups. The two groups were compared for operation time, post-operative complications, pain, duration of hospital stay, days to return to work, quality of scar and costs involved. Results: Laparoscopic appendicectomy group had shorter operation times, lower post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays and better scars, whereas the open appendicectomy group had lower costs. No significant difference was observed in days to return to work or post-operative complications. Conclusion: Laparoscopic appendicectomy offers considerable advantages compared to open appendicectomy despite the higher costs.

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