Laparoscopic surgery is used to handle a variety of medical issues, such as abdominal problems, and because laparoscopy only makes small incisions in the body, it cuts down on blood loss and increases recovery time. However, laparoscopic surgery is not completely free of risks, so it is important that Tennessee patients know what those risks are before subjecting themselves to the procedure.
As WebMD explains, even though laparoscopy is much less invasive than other surgeries, it still carries some of the same risks that other forms of surgery pose. Incisions created by laparoscopic surgery can become infected by an unsterilized surgical instrument or other form of contamination. And if the surgery wound heals poorly, a hernia could form at the place of incision.
Laparoscopic surgery can also cause internal damage, such as internal bleeding, or damage to organs such as the bladder, intestines, or the stomach. According to Very Well Health, this might happen because laparoscopic surgery does not provide surgeons as clear a picture of what is going on inside a patient as open surgeries. This lack of view may cause a surgeon to probe too deeply and injure an organ or blood vessel.
The prior medical history of some patients can make a laparoscopic procedure riskier. Doctor might have a more difficult time conducting laparoscopic surgery on someone who has already gone through a number of surgeries. One of the problems is scar tissue. If past surgeries have left a patient with a lot of scar tissue, it can make it difficult to insert laparoscopic instruments into that area of the body.
Not all complications during laparoscopic surgery are preventable, but some surgical errors still occur due to the negligence of health care professionals. If you suspect you have experienced this kind of negligent care, you may need to consult with a malpractice attorney to understand the strength of your case and to know your rights.