Can keyhole surgery go wrong?

Things can occasionally go wrong. For example, surgical error or some kind of medical negligence could occur before, during or after the procedure.

Things that can go wrong include:

  • damage to an organ
  • damage to a major artery
  • issues with your veins or arteries
  • a blood clot developing in a vein

Which organ is most frequently injured during laparoscopy?

Injuries are rare and will depend on the procedure. However, the most frequently damaged organs are the bowel or bladder, which could result in the loss of organ function. Sometimes the bowel can be perforated.

How long does it take to recover from keyhole laparoscopic surgery?

Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and depends on the procedure. The typical post-op stay in hospital for laparoscopy is 1–3 days. The pain is significantly lower than with open surgery, and the wounds heal faster, usually within 1–2 weeks.

Can you have keyhole surgery more than once?

It is possible to have keyhole surgery more than once. However, your surgeon will advise you as to whether this is appropriate, depending on your circumstances and medical history.

Seeking professional assistance with making a negligence claim

If you think you may have suffered an injury following keyhole surgery, it may amount to medical negligence. This will depend on the circumstances and whether the medical care you received was below a reasonable standard.

Always begin by seeking an opinion from a medical professional. If it seems likely that medical negligence occurred, you should consider getting advice from a clinical negligence solicitor. They can evaluate what happened and advise whether you have a claim.

At Devonshires Claims, our team of clinical negligence solicitors has extensive experience of dealing with both medical negligence and injuries following keyhole laparoscopic surgery.

In addition to advising you on whether you have a claim, our solicitors can also represent you through the legal process of claiming compensation, on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.

For more information, or to start your free case evaluation, contact Devonshires Claims today. Call 0333 900 8787, email, or use our online contact form.

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