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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1995 July; 77(4): 259–262.
PMCID: PMC2502353

Laparoscopic appendicectomy: a trainee's perspective.


Minimally invasive surgery is rapidly becoming an integral part of general surgery. Many general surgeons have been trained to undertake laparoscopic cholecystectomy. It has been recommended that laparoscopic appendicectomy should be the training operation for junior surgeons. The aim of our study was to assess whether laparoscopic appendicectomy training can safely be introduced to junior surgeons in a district general hospital. During the 11 month study period, 27 laparoscopic and 38 open appendicectomies were performed. The median anaesthetic time was 80 min for laparoscopic and 52.5 min for open appendicectomies. Laparoscopic appendicectomies cost, on average, 618 pounds and open appendicectomies 770 pounds per case. The complication rate between the two procedures was equal. We therefore showed that laparoscopic appendicectomy by junior surgeons is both safe and cost-effective. Although the registrar did most of the laparoscopic appendicectomies, with resultant less operating for the SHO, laparoscopic appendicectomy provided the SHO with training in diagnostic laparoscopy and laparoscopic dissection. We conclude that basic laparoscopic training should be introduced early in surgical training, after which laparoscopic appendicectomy is a safe procedure for surgical trainees.

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