In an open appendectomy, the appendix is removed through a standard abdominal incision.
Appendectomy is the most common emergency surgery performed by pediatric surgeons.
In female teen patients, laparascopy has the added benefit of being able to diagnose and treat gynecologic conditions and ectopic pregnancy during the appendectomy if the appendix is found to be normal.
Appendicitis is usually treated successfully by appendectomy, and unless there are complications, children should recover without further problems.
In laparoscopic appendectomy, surgeons insert a small scope through tiny abdominal incisions to remove the appendix.