Undeniably, surgical methods have improved over the past few generations. Doctors and patients living in the mid-twentieth century would be astounded by the latest devices aimed at helping surgeons treat individuals. However, even with all the advancements, procedures can still be dangerous, as in the case of laparoscopic surgery.
During laparoscopic surgery, commonly known as minimally invasive surgery, a small incision is made in the patient’s body. Through this incision, a tube is inserted and surgery is performed while the physician works via a monitor. Typically, laparoscopic surgery takes place in the pelvic or abdominal area of the body.
Types of Laparoscopic Surgery:
One of the most common types of laparoscopic surgery is gastric bypass surgery, whereby a part of the stomach is essentially “stapled” or removed and the bowels are rerouted so that the patient cannot ingest or absorb many nutrients. This kind of laparoscopic surgery has a fatality rate of approximately 0.5%; thus, for every 200 patients who undergo a gastric bypass procedure, one individual will not survive the operating table.
Side Effects of Laparoscopic Surgery:
Side effects of laparoscopic surgery also include burns from the electrodes used during the procedure. These burns can lead to infections in the tissues and organs surrounding the incision. And as with any surgeries, the person who undergoes laparoscopic surgery may also be a candidate for blood clots, potentially fatal complications.
Finally, some laparoscopic surgery concerns relate to the surgeons themselves. Though perhaps well-meaning, inexperienced physicians may not have the expertise or confidence to perform such a complicated procedure. Unfortunately it is their patients that pay the price of their surgeon's ambitions.
Truly, laparoscopic surgery can come with a high price tag in terms of physical and emotional adverse effects. As seen in the case of gastric bypass surgery, complications can and do occur. Although they are rare, for the persons whose lives have been adversely affected by a botched laparoscopic surgery, numbers don’t matter. The fact remains that regardless of percentages, one life that has been changed forever is one too many.
If you or someone you care about has undergone laparoscopic surgery and experienced negative side effects either immediately after the procedure or years down the road, please contact our office today. Our team of legal experts has years of experience filing lawsuits on behalf of victims like yourself. An initial consultation is free, and you’re under no obligation to file a claim. Send us an email or give us a phone call now.