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Laparoscopy is the direct visualization of the pelvic structures or abdominal structures using small incisions and a rigid scope that is inserted into one of several incisions in order to see the structures or manipulate the structures, including the removal of body parts. The scope is small so sometimes pieces of the object need to come up at one time until the whole structure is removed.
Examples of abdominal structures that can be brought up during laparoscopy include the gallbladder, portions of the intestines, tumours and parts of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. If you would like advice at no cost just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a laparoscopy solicitor will telephone you with no charge and no obligation.
The laparoscope uses a light source at the end of the metal tube (laparoscope) and things are magnified when looked at through the scope. Instruments can be used through separate incisions or as part of the laparoscope itself in order to cut, tie and sponge the surgical area.
The biggest risk with laparoscopy procedures is a laparoscopic perforation. This involves accidentally puncturing the bowel, stomach or esophagus because you don't have a wide field of vision in the surgery. It is too easy to get the scissors or suture out of the line of site and poke a hole in the abdominal organs.
In a cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal, it is uncommon but possible for a person to have a perforation of the duodenum. This can result in peritonitis and a retroabdominal abscess. Bile can leak into the tissues and can be extremely irritating to the abdominal area. It can be due to a perforation caused by electrocautery or to a puncture with a scalpel or a suture. This kind of laparoscopic perforation spills bacteria-laden abdominal contents into the abdominal cavity, resulting in infection. The infection, if left unchecked, can easily become serious and even fatal.
Esophageal perforations can happen during heartburn surgery, such as a laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. This is a surgery which creates flaps that make a new sphincter at the base of the oesophagus so that acid doesn't come up into the oesophagus from the stomach. The first stitch in such a procedure is relatively blind so that perforation of the oesophagus can happen. This, like in gallbladder surgery, can result in a severe case of peritonitis and can result in death.
Colon perforations can happen if a part of the colon is removed due to cancer or disease. It is partially avoided by blowing up the abdomen with air so that the area is easily visualized. This, and a bright camera, can prevent a lot of perforations from occurring. But doctors can make a mistake and can nick the colon with a laparoscopic tool such as a scalpel. Because the surgery is done at the end of a long tube and without the ability to get at the area of perforation when it occurs and bacteria can easily spill out into the abdominal space.
On the whole, laparoscopic perforations are rare so if it happens, the abilities of the doctor need to be called into question. Is the surgeon well versed in doing laparoscopic procedures of the type he or she has just performed? Has this happened with the surgeon in the past? Was there some kind of extenuating situation in the surgical procedure? Was the perforation picked up on right away or did peritonitis begin to happen before the patient was treated? These are the questions you must ask yourself before determining if the surgeon is to be held liable for the laparoscopic perforation. Any surgeon can make a mistake but if the outcome of that mistake is a fatal or near-fatal complication, the individual needs to consider seeking the services of medical negligence solicitor.
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Our medical negligence solicitors will maximise your personal injury compensation claim using a no win no fee arrangement which means that if you donít win then you donít pay them their professional costs. If you believe that your surgery was carried out negligently then just complete the contact form or email our solicitors offices or use the helpline and a laparoscopy solicitor will telephone you at no cost and with no obligation.