laparoscopic surgery complications
Medical Negligence
By Naomi White
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Addressing Laparoscopic Surgery Complications From Medical Negligence

Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of small incisions and specialised instruments to perform surgical procedures. As opposed to making large openings, the surgeons insert a thin tube with a camera, known as a laparoscope, and other instruments through small incisions. This allows the surgeon to visualise the surgical site on a monitor and perform the necessary procedures with enhanced precision.

Laparoscopic surgery can be extremely beneficial for patients and less invasive. Some benefits of laparoscopic surgery include:-

  1. Reduced scarring following the use of smaller incisions. This enhances the cosmetic outcome for patients.

  2. Quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays.

  3. Reduced trauma to surrounding tissue leading to less post-operative discomfort.

  4. Lower risk of infection to the surgical site due to the use of smaller incisions.

However, Northern Ireland, as in many other jurisdictions, the introduction of laparoscopic surgery has posed many complex challenges. Some challenges include: -

  1. Inadequate training whereby the surgeons facilitating laparoscopic surgery may put patients at risk by carrying out procedures which are beyond their current skill level.

  2. Malfunctioning or improperly maintained surgical equipment can lead to complications during surgery.

  3. Failure to accurately diagnose a condition or perform the correct procedure which can result in serious harm to the patient.

In Northern Ireland, patients have the right to expect a certain standard of care from the treating clinicians and healthcare providers.

Medical negligence cases related to laparoscopic surgery are commenced and pursued by way of clinical negligence civil litigation.

In order to succeed in a clinical negligence action, the patient must demonstrate that the healthcare professional or treating clinician breached their duty of care and this resulted in harm or injury to the patient.

Laparoscopic surgery has undoubtedly transformed the landscape of surgical interventions and offers patients a plethora of benefits. However, the complexity of these procedures coupled with the potential for medical negligence highlights the need for rigorous training, ongoing professional development and adherence to safety protocols.

If you have undergone laparoscopic surgery and are experiencing adverse effects, reach out to our specialised team today to schedule a consultation. Our committed and dedicated team will delve into the procedure, options available and your specific individual circumstances to work towards achieving the best possible outcome for you.

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