Laparoscopic Surgical Errors
Surgeries that once required a large incision and an “open” operation are now being performed using laparoscopic methods. These minimally invasive surgeries through a scope are performed through a small incision in the body. A small scope or camera is inserted into the incision, allowing the surgeon to view the inside of the body and perform necessary procedures.
Compensation for Laparoscopic Surgical Errors
The medical malpractice attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, are experienced in medical malpractice cases involving laparoscopic surgical errors. We understand the standards of care involved and are often able to ascertain quickly when one has been breached.
Laparoscopic surgical errors can occur in any type of minimally-invasive surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used for gall bladder, knee, shoulder, appendix, prostate and gynecological procedures.
Laparoscopic surgery errors can cause serious injuries and fatalities, particularly if the surgeon does not have adequate training or experience in laparoscopic surgical techniques. Yet many surgeons have little if any instruction. Some doctors’ only instruction in laparoscopic technique consists of two-day seminars at vacation resorts.
Viewing the body’s structures through a scope is very different from seeing them exposed through a large incision. Failure to properly identify organs is the cause of many laparoscopic surgical errors. This can lead to perforated or punctured organs, nerve damage and damage to other structures.
What’s Best for the Patient: Laparoscopic or Open Surgery?
Not every patient or every procedure should be performed laparoscopically. Depending on the situation, the decision to perform a laparoscopic procedure rather than open surgery could constitute medical malpractice. Surgeons should also recognize when the laparoscopic technique needs to be abandoned in favor of an open surgery.
If you believe you are the victim of a laparoscopic surgery error, please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation. Our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout Connecticut.