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Updated January 21, 2012

Definition: Open surgery is the traditional type of surgery where a long incision is made for the surgeon to insert the instruments, visualizing the surgery through the incision. With an open approach, the incision for a typical appendectomy is approximately 4 inches long.

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Examples:
After open surgery the incision was closed with staples.
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