Laparoscopic appendectomy is superior to open appendectomy in obese patients

Michael G. Corneille, Megan B. Steigelman, John G. Myers, Jason Jundt, Daniel L. Dent, Peter P. Lopez, Stephen M. Cohn, Ronald M. Stewart

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Background: There are minimal data comparing laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) with open appendectomy (OA) in obese patients. Methods: We reviewed consecutive adult patients from 2003 to 2005 who underwent an appendectomy at a University-affiliated teaching hospital. Obesity was defined as a body mass index of 30 or greater. Outcome measures included length of stay, surgical times, intra-abdominal abscesses, wound infections, and hospital charges. Results: There were 116 patients with a mean body mass index of 35. Eighty-five patients underwent LA, 12 were converted to open, 4 of 12 (31%) were perforated. Thirty-one patients underwent OA. Overall, 21 (18%) were perforated. Length of stay for LA was better, 3.4 days versus 5.5 days for OA (P = .02), and wound closure rate was better, 90% for LA versus 68% for OA (P < .01). Other outcome measures were equivalent. Conclusions: LA is associated with shorter lengths of stay, fewer open wounds, and equivalent hospital charges and intra-abdominal abscess rates; and should be considered the procedure of choice for obese patients with appendicitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-881
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Appendectomy
  • Appendicitis
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Obesity
  • Wound infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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