2002, Number 1
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ABSTRACTObjective: To analyze our experience with laparoscopy-assisted appendectomy and suggest its use as a surgical procedure, combining traditional and laparoscopic techniques.
Design: Retrospective, observational study.
Setting: Third level health care hospital.
Patients and methods: We performed 19 laparoscopy-assisted appendectomies between December 1998 and December 2000. Only uncomplicated cases were included. Surgical time, hospital stay, and return to activities were analyzed.
Results: Patients were 11 women and 8 men, average age was 26 years. The mean surgical time was 22 minutes, mean hospital stay of 18 hours, and return to activities occurred in 48 hours. Post-operative pain was bearable and could be managed with conventional oral analgesics.
Conclusions: Laparoscopy-assisted appendectomy is an easy technique that allows direct visualization and safe management of the apendicular artery and base, as well as inspection of the abdominal cavity.
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