Appendectomy in Pregnancy: Appraisal of the Minimally Invasive Approach

Lior Segev, Yakir Segev, Shlomi Rayman, Ron Shapiro, Aviram Nissan, Eran Sadot

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Background: The optimal surgical approach to acute appendicitis in pregnancy remains controversial. Our aim was to compare perioperative and obstetric outcomes associated with laparoscopic and open appendectomy in a large contemporary cohort of pregnant women. Methods: Retrospective review of all women who underwent appendectomy during pregnancy in a single hospital during 2000-2014. Results: Ninety-two patients met the study criteria. Fifty (54%) underwent laparoscopic appendectomy and 42 (46%) open appendectomy. The laparoscopy group had a lower median gestational age at surgery (16 weeks versus 24 weeks, P < .001), a shorter median hospital stay (5 days versus 3 days, P < .001), and a lower rate of postoperative complications (8% versus 24%, P = .04). There were no significant between-group differences in the rates of gestational age at delivery, Apgar scores, preterm delivery, and fetal loss. Conclusions: Laparoscopic appendectomy during pregnancy is safe and associated with better surgical outcomes than open appendectomy, with no difference in obstetric outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-897
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques - Part A
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016


  • appendectomy
  • laparoscopy
  • pregnancy


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