Laparoscopic appendectomy: can it be performed by surgical residents of the first years?

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Carlos B. Ayón Dejo
Magalí Hoz
Ming Hung Wang
Cecilia Zubieta
Juan D. Tedesco
Patrizio Petrone


Background: the training of the surgical residents in laparascopic appendectomy remains controversial.
Aim: to analyze the results and to evaluate the novels surgical residents laparascopic appendectomy’s performance.
Setting: public hospital with both surgery service and surgical residence program accredited.
Design: retrospective observational study.
Population: one hundred nineteen laparoscopic appendectomies performed by first years surgical residents between 2008 and 2011 (33-month-study).
Method: laparoscopic appendectomy performed under staff surgeon’ supervision.
Results: non-complicated (n=107) appendicitis’ surgical mean time was 40 minutes, and 130 minutes for the complicated ones. Convertion rate was 7%, and 10 post-op complications were reported. Mean hospital lenght of stay was 2 days for the non-complicated cases, and 5 days for the complicated. No mortality was reported.
Conclusions: laparoscopic appendectomy performed by surgical residents during the first years of their training and under staff surgeon’ supervision, seems a safe technique within the public health system’s hospitals having a surgical residence program.


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Ayón Dejo, C. B., Hoz, M., Wang, M. H., Zubieta, C., Tedesco, J. D., & Petrone, P. (2022). Laparoscopic appendectomy: can it be performed by surgical residents of the first years?. Revista Argentina De Cirugía, 106(2), 91–94. Retrieved from
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