How Minimally Invasive Procedures Can Still Go Wrong
When given the choice, most people facing surgery would choose a minimally invasive procedure over one that involves larger incisions and extensive healing time. Laparoscopic surgery is a modern technique involving tiny incisions. Specialized instruments called trocars function as ports or access points, allowing surgeons to introduce scopes and other tools necessary to perform the surgery.
Understanding The Pros And Cons
There are many advantages to laparoscopic procedures over traditional surgeries. They’re less painful and generally have a reduced risk of infection and bleeding. They also have a shorter recovery period. Many laparoscopic procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
However, these surgeries do come with risks. They require a high degree of technical skill and precision. Even small mistakes can lead to serious consequences. For example, if the surgeon can’t get a clear picture of the anatomy at play, he or she may accidentally cut blood vessels or slice into the wrong tissue. These errors may not only require further corrective surgery, but also lead to permanent disabilities or even death.
Negligence on the part of the hospital, surgeon or operating team may result in complications such as:
- Hemorrhaging (excessive bleeding)
- Trocar injuries such as damage to the abdominal wall
- Vascular and bowel injuries
- Retention of stones
- Abdominal adhesions
- Bile duct injuries and leaks
Do I Have a Case?
In a medical malpractice case, it can be difficult to determine whether an injury or complication was preventable. Identifying negligence — rather than the accepted risks of a given procedure — requires legal and medical knowledge.
Find out whether you have a legal claim by contacting the Massachusetts law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates. With doctors and nurses on staff, we understand the many ways laparoscopic surgeries can go wrong. Our team is familiar with procedures such as:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Oophorectomy (removal of one or both ovaries)
- Cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
- Appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
- Tubal ligation (female sterilization)
- Gastric banding surgery
- Removal of tumors, cysts and fibroids
By carefully reviewing your unique situation, we will determine whether negligence contributed to your injury. If so, our attorneys will help you take the appropriate legal action.