appendix is removed
laparoscopically, 3 or 4 incisions, each
0.25 in. (0.6 cm) to
0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, are made
in the abdomen. A surgeon inserts a viewing device (laparoscope) into one
incision. The laparoscope is attached outside the body to a video monitor,
allowing the surgeon to see inside the abdomen. Surgical instruments are
inserted into the other incisions to remove the appendix.
General anesthetic is required for laparoscopic
appendectomy. The procedure generally lasts 2 hours or less.