When you have a laparoscopy, small incisions are made to avoid large wounds. Tools are inserted into the incisions, which may be placed around an area, and then tiny cameras are used to see inside your body during the surgery. Despite these small cuts in an invasive surgery reducing healing time, it’s still possible to suffer major injuries during the surgery itself or during recovery. With a laparoscopy, you can have several kinds of surgery; you could have a hysterectomy, cholecystectomy, pancreatic surgery or even bariatric surgery.
While many patients come out unharmed, one wrong move in a small surgery can leave you with damage that has to be repaired. For instance, if a surgeon punctures the bladder, a specialist is normally called in to repair the damage before the initial surgery is over. If the puncture isn’t discovered until after surgery, you’ll need to have a secondary surgery to repair the damage. The leaking bile and toxins from the bladder can be deadly otherwise.
Postoperative infections are also possible. While surgical equipment and hospitals should be sanitary, leaving tools in the body, being exposed to unsterile equipment or suffering due to a nicked bowel can lead to serious injury or death. Even worse, blood-borne infections like staph infections can ravage the body if left unchecked.
It’s important for medical professionals to monitor your condition following a surgery. If you weren’t cared for properly or a loved one has passed away because of surgical errors that should have been repaired in a timely manner, it’s important that you know you don’t have to face this alone. Our website has more about surgical errors and what steps you can take to be compensated.