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December 1988

Simple Ligation vs Stump Inversion in Appendectomy

Arch Surg. 1988;123(12):1526. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400360096022

To the Editor.—In the June 1988 issue of the Archives, Street and associates1 analyzed their experience with simple ligation vs stump inversion in appendectomy and found that simple ligation of the appendiceal stump is the preferred procedure.

My own experience confirms these authors' findings. During the last several years, I have performed simple ligation of the appendiceal stump with the LDS (Auto Suture Co, Division of US Surgical Corp, Norwalk, Conn) stapler2 in 133 cases and have encountered no complications. Therefore, I heartily endorse this technique.

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