Advancements in surgical equipment and techniques improve patient outcomes. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical methods that many doctors present as a safer option for their patients.
While laparoscopic surgery often offers faster recovery times, this surgical method is not without risks. Patients should understand the drawbacks associated with this method.
1. Laparoscopic surgery limits the surgeon’s view
Since doctors use a small camera to see inside the abdominal area, their range of view is narrow. Not being able to see the entire surgical field may lead to the surgeon operating on the wrong organ, missing out-of-sight problems and overlooking areas of bleeding outside the camera’s range. These errors might lead to misdiagnosis, a need for additional surgery or death.
2. Laparoscopic surgeries take longer than open surgeries
Setting up the surgical equipment takes much longer than making a traditional incision. Once the equipment is set, the process of finding the surgical site can also take longer through the small camera lens. The longer time under general anesthesia can cause complications for some patients.
3. Laparoscopic instruments can damage organs
The insertion of laparoscopic equipment into the abdomen may cause complications such as:
- Bowel perforations
- Grazed organs
- Torn tissue
Any of these injuries can jeopardize the safety and health of the patient and may interfere with the surgeon’s ability to perform the intended surgery.
Surgeons can make mistakes during any type of procedure, including laparoscopic surgery. If patients suffer as a result of a doctor’s negligence, they might be able to recover damages through a lawsuit.