Columbia Surgical Associate’s laparoscopic specialists have been the first to introduce several surgical advances to this area, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Every patient can trust that our team is knowledgeable and experienced.
Appendicitis is one of the most common surgical problems, with 1 in 2,000 people needing an appendectomy at sometime in their life.
Using state-of-the-art technology and monitoring equipment, Columbia Surgical Associates’ surgeons remove the infected appendix through an incision in the right lower abdominal wall. They operate while observing a monitor that shows an enlarged image of the patient’s organs.
If a surgeon feels that it is safest to convert the laparoscopic procedure to an open one, this is not a complication, but rather a surgical judgment. In a small number of patients the laparoscopic method is not feasible because of the inability to visualize the patient’s organs effectively.
On average, a laparoscopic appendectomy will have less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stays and a quick return to normal activity than an open appendectomy.
Because it is a minor surgery, some people feel better in just a few days. For most, they can resume normal activity in 1-2 weeks. However, it is important to remember that your body needs time to heal – light activity is recommended.
Patients can also expect a follow up appointment following the procedure within 1-2 weeks.
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Our board certified surgical specialists have more than 100 years of combined experience in the practice of surgery, and specialize in the surgical treatment of a variety of health problems, including laparoscopic surgery.
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