Laparoscopic Surgical Injury Lawyer
Advanced options in surgical techniques have created opportunities for many procedures to be performed through laparoscopy. These “keyhole” surgeries are done through tiny incisions using small instruments and a digital video camera. There are many benefits to laparoscopic surgeries compared to open surgery, but they also have their risks. One of the risks is that if medical mistakes are made, they may be missed and cause serious harm to the patient.
Laparoscopic surgeries have the benefit of less stress on the patient. Since the incision is small, usually only about an inch wide, there is less trauma to the body. The incision can heal faster and less tissue or muscle is damaged. Laparoscopy is used for back, neck, joint and reproductive organ surgeries, as well as many others. Many people like the idea of a quicker recovery time with a small scar, but that does not mean these surgeries are without risk.
Medical Errors Made During Keyhole Surgery
With open or traditional surgery, the area is exposed through a larger incision. If a mistake is made, it is easier to see and correct. With laparoscopic surgery, the tiny camera only shows a limited view. This can lead to mistakes occurring and the surgeon may not be aware the error was made.
The most common error made during laparoscopic surgeries are the incisions occurring in the wrong place. A nick made to a surrounding organ or blood vessel can lead to excessive internal bleeding, infection or sepsis. These can be very serious errors that can cause extreme health risks and even death.
If you have been injured due to a mistake made during a laparoscopic surgery, you may be able to seek compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact Race Law Firm to discuss your options. We are located in Atlanta and offer free consultations to discuss your claim.