Purpose: Patients presenting with acute appendicitis are usually hospitalized for a few days for appendectomy and postoperative recovery. Shortening length of stay may reduce costs and improve patient satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to assess the safety of same-day discharge after appendectomy for acute appendicitis. Methods: A systematic review was performed according to PRISMA guidelines. A literature search of EMBASE, Ovid MEDLINE, Web of Science, Cochrane Central, and Google Scholar was conducted from inception to April 14, 2020. Two reviewers independently screened the literature and selected studies that addressed discharge on the same calendar day as the appendectomy. Risk of bias was assessed with the ROBINS-I tool. Main outcomes were hospital readmission, complications, and unplanned hospital visits in the postoperative course. A random effects model was used to pool risk ratios for the main outcomes. Results: Of the 1912 articles screened, 17 comparative studies and 8 non-comparative studies met the inclusion criteria. Most only included laparoscopic procedure for uncomplicated appendicitis. Most studies were considered at moderate or serious risk of bias. In meta-analysis, same-day discharge (vs. overnight hospitalization) was not associated with increased rates of readmission, complication, and unplanned hospital visits. Non-comparative studies demonstrated low rates of readmission, complications, and unplanned hospital visits after same-day discharge. Conclusion: This study suggests that same-day discharge after laparoscopic appendectomy for uncomplicated appendicitis is safe without an increased risk of readmission, complications, or unplanned hospital visits. Hence, same-day discharge may be further encouraged in selected patients. Trial registration: PROSPERO registration no. CRD42018115948

Appendectomy, Appendicitis, Length of stay, Readmission, Same-day discharge
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00384-021-03872-3, hdl.handle.net/1765/134903
International Journal of Colorectal Disease: clinical and molecular gastroenterology and surgery
Department of Surgery

de Wijkerslooth, E.M.L, Bakas, J.M. (Jay M.), van Rosmalen, J.M, van den Boom, A.L, & Wijnhoven, B.P.L. (2021). Same-day discharge after appendectomy for acute appendicitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Colorectal Disease: clinical and molecular gastroenterology and surgery. doi:10.1007/s00384-021-03872-3