Should a laparoscopic appendectomy be done?

For a laparoscopic appendectomy to be part of a surgical armamentarium, it should: 1) decrease hospital stay, 2) lessen narcotic requirement, 3) speed return to normal activity, 4) be cost effective, and 5) have fewer complications. To this end, we reviewed 60 consecutive cases of each appendectomy performed, laparoscopically and by open technique, during… (More)