Laparoscopic appendectomy is one of the most frequent abdominal procedures. Although it is more frequent in younger ages but it may occur in any age.
Symptoms and diagnosis
Symptoms classically include pain at the umbilicus that localizes to the right lower quadrant associated with lack of appetite, low grade fever and nausea or vomiting. Diagnosis is usually made by clinical exam and routine blood work, although in some instances computed tomography may be required.
Procedure and postoperative course
According to Professor Raftopoulos’ experience laparoscopic appendectomy is performed through four small incision 2-4 cm or 1 to 1 and ¾ inches long. Hospital stay varies between a few hours only to a few days depending on the degree of inflammation at the time of surgical intervention. Postoperative pain is usually controlled with Paracetamol or Acetaminophen. Dr. Raftopoulos usually recommends that you stay on a clear liquid diet postoperatively until your first bowel movement.
There are no long-term diet restrictions and return to work is usually possible within 7 days from surgery. For more information please contact our office.