Appendectomy best performed as day surgery

Two hundred years ago, appendicitis had a more than 60% mortality rate, and at best, recovery time was slow and arduous.

Now the aim is to send patients straight home after surgery.

The evidence suggests that adults with acute, non-perforated appendicitis can be discharged safely on the day of surgery.

According to a retrospective study, postoperative complication or readmission rates are comparable with those who stay overnight.

US researchers analysed the medical records of 12,703 patients who underwent a laparoscopic appendectomy for nonperforated appendicitis