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Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Laparoscopic appendectomy is surgery to remove your appendix. The surgery is done through small incisions in your abdomen.

Abdominal Organs

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What should I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of a laparoscopic appendectomy?

Your stomach, intestines, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured or burned during the surgery. You could also have trouble breathing, an infection, or too much bleeding during or after surgery. You may get a blood clot in your leg or arm. A clot can break loose and travel to your lungs. A blood clot in your lungs can be life-threatening. Problems may happen that cause you to need an open appendectomy instead. Examples include a burst appendix or an infection or heavy bleeding in your abdomen.

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