What is laparoscopy?

Keyhole surgery or laparoscopy is a type of surgery which involves inserting a tiny camera and light source (known as a laparoscope) into the body, usually through the stomach. This technique allows doctors to make diagnoses or carry out certain operations – using small surgical instruments – without making large incisions, leading to quicker recovery times. Laparoscopy can be used to diagnose conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease and appendicitis. Laparoscopic surgery may be performed to treat a range of health problems including:

●    removal of an inflamed appendix
●    treating gallstones by removing the gallbladder
●    repairing certain hernias
●    treating ectopic pregnancy
●    removing fibroids
●    performing a hysterectomy

How can laparoscopy go wrong?

Around 2% of laparoscopy procedures result in minor complications including post-operative infection, minor bleeding and bruising around the incision and
feeling sick and vomiting. More serious complications are rare, but can include:

●    damage to an organ, such as your bowel or bladder

●    damage to a major artery

●    infection of wounds

●    gas bubbles entering veins or arteries from the use of carbon dioxide in the procedure

●    allergic reaction to general anaesthetic

●    a blood clot developing in a vein leading to DVT

If laparoscopy causes serious health problems, further surgery is often required. Another major issue is where diagnostic laparoscopy is carried out but a condition is misdiagnosed or completely missed. Failed or incorrect diagnosis and the consequent delays in tackling a condition can make it much more difficult to treat or even be life threatening.

Claiming compensation for laparoscopy errors

If you have undergone keyhole surgery and suffered health problems as a result – or if a laparoscopy procedure failed to diagnose a condition – you may be able to claim compensation. The medical negligence team at CH Legal has many years of experience helping laparoscopy patients. To find out whether you can bring a claim, contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.