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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 294958, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/294958
Research Article

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Acute Appendicitis: Feasibility in Pediatric Patients

Division of Surgery, Imperial College London, St Mary's Hospital Campus, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, UK

Received 25 August 2009; Accepted 9 January 2010

Academic Editor: Matthew Kroh

Copyright © 2010 Andre Chow et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Laparoscopic appendicectomy is accepted by many as the gold standard approach for the treatment of acute appendicitis. The use of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) has the potential of further reducing postoperative port site complications as well as improving cosmesis and patient satisfaction. Method. In this paper we report our experience and assess the feasibility of SILS appendicectomy in the pediatric setting. Results. Five pediatric patients with uncomplicated appendicitis underwent SILS appendicectomy. There were no significant intraoperative or postoperative complications. All patients were discharged within 24 hours. Conclusions. The use of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery appears to be a feasible and safe technique for the treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis in the pediatric setting. Further studies are warranted to fully investigate the potential advantages of this new technique.