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An American woman has had her inflamed appendix removed through her vagina, in a groundbreaking operation that left her with no scarring and minimal pain.
The patient, Diana Schlamadinger, who is in her 20s, said that the 50-minute procedure had left her with no discomfort, rating her level of post-operative pain as “a 1 or a 0.5” on a scale of one to ten.
During the surgery, doctors at the University of California San Diego Medical Centre, excised Ms Schlamandinger's appendix using an endoscope inserted through a tiny incision in her vaginal wall.
Only one small external incision, in her navel, was needed to insert a 2mm camera into the abdominal cavity to guide the surgical instruments.