Famous Patients, Famous Operations, 2002 - Part 2: The Case of a Royal Pain in the Abdomen

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


April 22, 2002

Is Laparoscopic Surgery Superior to the Conventional Right Lower Quadrant Open Surgical Approach?

Appendectomy can usually be performed through a small incision, allowing for a quick recovery after only a brief hospitalization. Hospitalization may be slightly shorter after laparoscopic appendectomy, but laparoscopic surgery is more expensive. If surgical reimbursement rates are low, open appendectomy is cost-effective for patients younger than 35 years of age.


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