The application of laparoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of the acute abdomen, appendicitis, and in the management of small and large bowel diseases is a natural step for the general surgeon. Acute appendicitis is a common general surgical problem that can be difficult to diagnose. Laparoscopy is an excellent aid in diagnosis and laparoscopic appendectomy can be performed easily. The controversy of incidental appendectomy and recommendations for management are discussed. Small and large bowel diseases and their surgical treatment now can be managed laparoscopically thus decreasing morbidity and mortality. The uses and limitations of these techniques are discussed as well as future trends in treatment.
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