Background: Acute appendicitis is the leading emergency condition among surgical abdominal diseases. The treatment of choice for appendicitis is open or laparoscopic appendectomy. There are different methods for appendiceal stump closure. Laparoscopic ap-pendectomy became more applicable with hand-made endo-loop applications to close the appendiceal stump, especially in state hospi-tals where the resources were limited. This article aims to evaluate the outcomes of patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy with the appendiceal stump closure using a hand-made endo-loop.
Methods: Fifty patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy with the appendiceal stump closure using a hand-made endo-loop in the General Surgery Department of our hospital between June 2014 and December 2018 were evaluated. The ages, genders, length of stay in the hospital, complications, and histopathological investigation results of the patients were gathered retrospectively. Lapa-roscopic appendectomy was performed with three ports. The appendiceal stump was closed using two hand-made endo-loops. The loop was made with a modification of Roeder's loop whose safety was proven in the literature. The first port was introduced to the abdomen with the open method. SPSS 26.0 statistical program was used for statistical analysis.
Results: Thirty-one (62%) of patients were males and 19 (38%) of them were females. The mean age was 32.2±11.9 years. The age ranged between 19 and 74 years. The median length of stay in the hospital of the patients was 1.12±0.47 days. One of the patients was 21 weeks pregnant. A surgical site infection occurred in one patient during the post-operative period. Recovery was obtained with antibiotherapy. No leakage through the base of the appendix or cecal fistula was determined in none of the patients.
Conclusion: One of the most important parameters in the cost of laparoscopic appendectomy is the closure technique of the stump. The cost comes into question much more especially in state hospitals where the resources are limited. Appendiceal stump closure using a hand-made endo-loop is an easy, safe, and cost-effective method.