Laparoscopic appendectomy is one of the most common surgeries in Turkey. Laparoscopic appendectomy is done to remove the inflamed appendix to prevent its rupture.
laparoscopic appendectomy is the best and the fastest option for removing the appendix, as appendicitis is a very common condition among young people.
The surgery should not be delayed when appendicitis occurs, because inflammation may develop and lead to the rupture of the appendix, so the surgery is often performed as an emergency.
Appendicitis is treated with a complete surgical removal of the appendix. An appendectomy can be performed through an open surgery or by the use of laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic appendectomy is performed by using endoscope that is inserted into the abdomen through small surgical incisions. The endoscope contains a small camera that enables the doctor to see your abdomen from the inside and get a clear view of the appendix.
The endoscope is also equipped with surgical tools that help the surgeon remove the appendix by looking at the video screen and directing these tools correctly.
The recovery from a laparoscopic appendectomy is faster compared to an open appendectomy, in addition to the fact that the risk of complications is lower and the operation does not leave visible surgical scars behind.
What is the appendix and when should it be removed?
The appendix is located in the lower right part of the abdomen. It has the shape of a thin tube the size of a finger. It is connected to the large intestine, specifically with the right ascending colon.
The function of the appendix is still not clearly known to us, a number of hypotheses have been found about its possible function in the human body, but it remains only hypotheses that are not completely proven.
It is known to us that appendicitis is a serious issue and must be dealt with urgently because the appendix may rupture and cause the bacteria to spread out to the abdomen and causing the so-called peritonitis, which has serious life-threatening effects.
When a person compline of acute pain in the lower abdomen from the right side, the doctor suspects appendicitis and orders tests to confirm the presence of appendicitis, such as ultrasound imaging or blood tests.
When appendicitis is confirmed, preparations must be made immediately for laparoscopic or open appendectomy.
How is laparoscopic appendectomy performed in Turkey
First, general anesthesia is applied to the patient, then the doctor makes several small incisions in the abdomen, after which the endoscope is inserted through one of the incisions.
The tools needed to complete the appendectomy are also inserted through the previously made surgical incisions. The tools are precisely guided through a video screen connected to the endoscope's camera.
A cannula is placed that releases carbon dioxide gas as it inflates the abdomen to allow a better view for the surgeon and facilitate the view of the appendix.
When the inflamed appendix is found, the doctor resorts to attaching it to a set of surgical stitches to completely remove the appendix through the surgical incision.
Finally, the doctor removes the endoscope and the tools that were inserted, and the previously made incisions are sutured.
The patient stays in the hospital after the surgery to ensure the success of the procedure and that the laparoscopic appendectomy is free of any potential complications.
Preparation before laparoscopic appendectomy in Turkey
After planning to have an appendectomy, preparation for the surgery is usually done by:
- Your doctor will ask you about the medications you are taking. The doctor may ask you to stop or modify some medications before or after the operation
- Tell your doctor about any illnesses you have or if you have a history of allergies
- It is preferable to avoid food or drink before the procedure for a specific period of time that is set by your doctor
- Avoid smoking before and after the operation because smoking may delay the healing and recovery process
- The surgeon often prescribes antibiotics to the patient before the operation in order to reduce the risk of infection
Recovery after laparoscopic appendicitis
After the operation is completed, the person remains under observation for several hours before being allowed to go home. The medical staff monitor vital signs such as heart rate and breathing in anticipation of complications from the appendectomy.
In most cases, you can return to your home one or two days after the surgery and you can return to your daily activities about 1 to 3 weeks after the surgery.
The time required to fully recover from the surgery varies from person to person, as it depends on several things, such as the patient's health condition and how the body responds to the surgery.
We will give you a few tips to speed up the recovery process after laparoscopic appendectomy:
- Follow the doctor's instructions regarding diet after the operation
- Avoid strenuous activities while recovering from appendicitis
- Avoid driving for at least 24 hours after the surgery due to the possible effects of the anesthesia used for the operation
- If you notice new changes such as redness in the abdominal area or a high temperature, see a doctor
Advantages of laparoscopic appendectomy in Turkey
According to studies The advantages of laparoscopic appendectomy compared to open appendectomy are:
- shorter recovery time
- Minimally invasive, safer and less likely to cause complications
- The pain is less than in traditional appendicitis
- The surgical scars resulting from the surgery are small
complications of laparoscopic appendectomy
In fact, the laparoscopic appendectomy is considered to be very safe, but no surgical procedure is free from potential risks. We mention some of the complications that may occur from laparoscopic appendicitis:
- Infection at the surgical incision site or spread of infection to the abdomen
- Injury to an adjacent organ
- fistulas formation
- Anesthesia-related problems such as feeling sick