Laparoscopy, more commonly known as Keyhole surgery, is a surgical procedure that enables a surgeon to access the inside of the patient’s abdomen or pelvis without having to make large incisions in the patient’s skin.
This type of surgery is supposed to be as minimally invasive to the patient as possible. The procedure is performed using a laparoscope, a small tube consisting of a light source and a camera. The laparoscope is passed through a small incision in the patient’s skin, the camera provides images from inside of the abdomen or pelvis on a television monitor. This allows the operating surgeon to study the organs and tissues inside of the abdomen or pelvis.
What is Laparoscopy used for?
Keyhole surgery is often used to aid diagnosis of conditions that develop inside the abdomen and pelvis, such as:
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
Keyhole surgery can also be used to carry out surgical procedures. Small surgical devices, such as lasers, can be attached to the laparoscope in order to perform certain procedures such as:
Removing damaged or diseased organs (eg: appendix)
To take a biopsy
Repairing bleeding stomach ulcers
What are the dangers of Laparoscopy?
There are various complications that can occur during Keyhole surgery, each varying in its severity.
Minor complications can include problems such as post-operative infections, minor bleeding and bruising around the incision and sometimes it can cause the patient to feel nauseous and/or vomit.
The more severe complications can include damage to organs such as the bowel or bladder which may result in the loss of organ function. Further dangers such as damaging an artery, damage to nerves in a male pelvis leading to erectile dysfunction as well the usual risk of serious allergic reaction to anaesthetic are some of the serious risks of Keyhole surgery.
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Injuries caused by negligence during these procedures can have both serious and lasting implications. Our experienced team of Liverpool solicitors are able to assess whether or not you are eligible to claim for medical negligence compensation. For more information on Laparoscopy claims, call EAD Solicitors on 0151 735 1000 and speak to one of our expert medical negligence lawyers.
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