The most common treatment for appendicitis is the surgical removal of the inflamed appendix, known as appendectomy. Appendectomy is typically performed on an emergency basis after the diagnosis of appendicitis.
The surgeons of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy utilize minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to perform appendectomy when possible. During laparoscopic surgery, doctors place use a thin, lighted tube, known as a laparoscope, through a tiny incision in the abdomen to examine the inflamed appendix. Surgical instruments are then used through two additional incisions to surgically remove the appendix. The advantages of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery may include:
- Little or no scarring
- Less discomfort after surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
In some cases, doctors may need to perform general open surgery to remove the appendix. The doctors of The Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Mercy will help to determine what course of treatment is best for you based on your personal condition and health factors.