Single Incision Transumbilical Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Introduction
Laparoscopic appendectomy requires 3-4 skin incisions to place 3-4 trocars. We describe a technique for single incision transumbilical appendectomy that utilizes the same equipment required to perform standard laparoscopic appendectomy.

Methods
Sixteen patients underwent single incision laparoscopic appendectomy using the new technique, operative time, and complications were recorded.

Results
Sixteen patients underwent single incision laparoscopic appendectomy with this technique. Twelve females and four males were included in the study, with a mean age of 24.6 years. Mean OR time was 68 minutes. All patients were discharged the next day. Two cases required addition of one additional port, and one patient required three ports in the standard fashion. None of these patients required conversion to open approach.

Conclusion
Single Incision Transumbilical Laparoscopic appendectomy is a safe, feasible and reproducible.


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Program Number: P519

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